March 2, 2016 Last Updated 9:36 am

Gannett newspapers call on NJ governor to resign, but he has bigger problems; Readbug app update adds offline reading

Morning Brief: Newspapers insist on telling voters who has won, who has lost, all before readers have even had the opportunity to vote, alienating many at a time when papers are losing subscribers

It’s over, everyone can go home, no one need vote ever again. End of story. It will be Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as your party nominees. That’s it. All over.

Well, at least that is what the media is telling Americans this morning following Super Tuesday. The narrative appears to have been written early last night, and despite the fact that both Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders won states last night (Sanders actually won four of them), the narrative had been written: both Trump and Clinton are unstoppable.

That may be true, but the voting public, especially in the 35 states that have yet to vote, don’t like being told that the game is over and their vote will not influence the course of events. Nonetheless, the message this morning was clear in The New York Times and other papers: the race is over, time to move on to the general. Readers supporting Trump and Clinton seem to agree, everyone else is angry. More lost readers.

Six Gannett newspapers in New Jersey yesterday called on their governor to resign after he endorsed Donald Trump for President.

What an embarrassment. What an utter disgrace.

We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance.

We’re fed up with his opportunism.

We’re fed up with his hypocrisy.

We’re fed up with his sarcasm.

We’re fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda.

So began the rather terse editorial that appeared in papers such as the Asbury Park Press.

But Christie seems to have bigger problems than what the folks back home are saying about him. Standing beside Trump last night Christie was noticeably uncomfortable, sometimes staring into space, sometimes conveying an expression of surprise at what the man he endorsed was saying.

At one point Trump mentioned lost jobs, pointing to jobs lost in New Jersey, which Trump immediately realized was a mistake with the governor of that state standing next to him.

Readbug-iPhoneThe indy magazine digital newsstand, Readbug, yesterday released an app update that adds the ability to download and read the magazines offline. Somehow I missed that the feature was missing, I’m sure users will be happy with the addition.

The digital newsstand app was first released in November of last year (see First Look TNM post here). At the time of launch most of the app’s offerings were indy UK magazines, but the service always was looking beyond just UK titles and in early February Readbug announced that it had added the US magazine PAPER.

Like Texture, Zinio and other digital newsstands, Readbug is an all-you-can read service, charging £9.99 a month for full access.

Here are the app update details:

What’s New in Version 2.0.5
– HURRAY! – we now have OFFLINE MODE available. Download your favorite issues for seamless offline viewing 🙂
– We’ve also added a super handy sort feature on your magazine stack. Swipe down on the stack and you can sort by most recently added.

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