ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 30, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(DC: Brit Hume) Announcement by President Bush of proposed Constitutional amendment to ban burning of flag featured; scenes shown from site of statue in Arlington, Virginia, commemorating Marines' raising of flag at Iwo Jima. [BUSH - says patriotism is not partisan issue.] Response from Democratic party spokesperson about "photograph opportunity" quoted. [Jesse JACKSON - says he sees more crosses than flags burning.] [Representative Thomas FOLEY - offers alternative to amendment.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Wording of proposed amendment quoted. Report introduced.
(DC: Tim O'Brien) Proposed amendment to counter Supreme Court's decision in Gregory Johnson flag-burning case discussed; scenes shown of flag- burning incident; details given of Constitutional issue over wording of an amendment about "physical desecration" of flag. ["USA Today" Bruce FEIN - says it is unclear if amendment would apply to incidents like use of flag as doormat at Chicago, Illinois, art exhibit.] [Former circuit court judge Robert BORK - discusses definition of physical desecration.]
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