At ABC the scheduled lead that was bumped by Sen Johnson's health was on the airline industry. A possible United-Continental merger is in the works, so Lisa Stark (subscription required) speculated on the ripple effect for the industry as a whole. She envisioned "merger mania" including Delta-USAirways and American-NorthWest. She added that regulators would insist that the merged airlines shed some routes, meaning more competition from such discount carriers as Southwest Airlines and JetBlue.
It is not clear why ABC considered this trend piece to be worthy of its lead. Neither of its two rivals even mentioned the UAL-Continental talks.
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