"Thoughtless people reinforce stereotypes. They are called out for it. They apologize. It is a teachable moment. The fools at ABC may have learned something. I’m not accepting your definition. I know very well what it’s like to be teased and I know what it’s like to be bullied. In my mind she is a joking idiot, a thoughtless clod, not a bully."
I don't see the point in getting hung up over what exactly constitutes "bullying." Her comments, and the reaction of the crowd, were shockingly stupid and harmful -- and one should expect something far better from a highly paid TV "news" person with a huge audience. That definitely includes George Stephanopoulos, whom I will never forget being called out by Ewan McGregor years ago for his childish, idiotic, immature laughter during the discussion of some gay content in one of McGregor's movies. That one seems to have some VERY SERIOUS issues when it comes to homosexuality. I wonder what that's all about????