This is precisely why mature, intelligent, stable adults should train themselves to say what they mean and mean what they say. People should be more than just relatively sure they have accurate information and provable facts before passing on something of dire importance, especially that which could be in any way damaging or harmful to others.
Mistakes or misinformation, which results in unintentional chaos are reasonably forgivable.
Greg, I agree with you that apologies are useless and senseless if literally forced from someone, just for appearance sake, when a person is indeed not at all regretful for having said or done something. This is what can be said to be empty meaningless apologies. Who needs one? Not I.
In the case of the back & forth vitriol between opposing political individuals, who insult, degrade and attempt to humiliate one another, it's the media of course that explodes and adds all the "drama" like it's a horrible unforgivable thing. You & I both know that's nonsense. In cases like that no one is truly sorry. How foolish to even pretend to apologize.
You're right about the fact that often, every day occurrences that would normally just pass quickly, all the publicity & chatter makes it much bigger & worse than it actually is. I usually think to myself, "Oh for heaven's sake, stop talking about such insignificant bull, drop it and carry on with the many vital issues in need of serious attention."