Suppose I said that it licenses bullying? Would you accept that?
An 8 year old is watching GMA with his father. The father's dream is that his kid becomes the captain of the high school football team. The son wants to be a choreographer when he grows up. The attitude conveyed in the media becomes dad's (bullying) sword.
Scripted and mandated apologies are not teachable moments for that kid. How does ABC make it into an effective and meaningful teachable moment, and will they step up?
The dynamic here is very real, not something theoretical, and I agree with Michael's comment below that we shouldn't get hung up on semantics that obscure that.