'World News Now' Finds 'Good News for Air Travel,' Leaves Out Merger
â€śWorld News Now,â€ť which airs on the cable news arm of ABC News, had a treat for viewers on Oct. 31, but the â€śgood newsâ€ť didnâ€™t mention the recently announced merger between Northwest and Delta.
â€śWorld News Nowâ€ť called fare declines â€śgood news for air travel for once,â€ť in its news brief.
â€śSpeaking of money, major
Northwestâ€™s â€śHoliday Fare Saleâ€ť which offers travelers attractive airfares during the upcoming holiday season for travel throughout the continental 48
But Hubbard did not explain the upside of Northwest Airlines Corporationâ€™s (NYSE: NWA) new role in the industry after its merger with Delta Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL). The new airline will be the largest ever.
The U.S. Department of Justice gave final approval to Delta and Northwest on Oct. 29 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported on Oct. 30 that the merger would generate about $35 billion in annual revenue and employ about 75,000 people.
Some journalists were unenthusiastic about this merger when the deal was in its infancy.
ABCâ€™s â€śWorld News with Charles Gibson,â€ť was downbeat April 15, the day the CEOs from Delta and Northwest made an official announcement about their intentions to merge. â€śWorld Newsâ€ť went out of its way to find opposition to the proposed deal.
â€śBut there was swift opposition,â€ť ABC correspondent Lisa Stark said. â€śA powerful lawmaker from
â€śIf this merger goes forward, other carriers will follow,â€ť pro-union Democratic Congressman James Oberstar said. â€śThere will be a cascade of mergers.â€ť
NBCâ€™s â€śTodayâ€ť looked at the possible Northwest/Delta merger Feb. 15 and focused on how the deal could negatively affect consumers and employees, while ignoring the possibility that the survival of the companies may hinge on it.
â€śBut airline mergers have traditionally meant job losses, especially in the airlinesâ€™ hub cities, as well as fewer flight options for passengers in smaller cities and higher ticket prices,â€ť NBC correspondent Tom Costello said. â€śIn