NEW YORK, NY—At 5 p.m. on Friday, reputable news organization The Daily Bugle announced that it had deleted a previously posted tweet amid widespread criticism.
This was perhaps in response to a $250 million defamation lawsuit against the paper for what the lawsuit describes as malicious lies about the superhero Spider-Man.
The deleted tweet read “Spider-Man is a MENACE! He helped rob the First National Bank!” In addition to deleting the tweet, the newspaper added a large editor’s note to an article about the First National Bank robbery, stating that later video evidence showed that Spider-Man was, in fact, trying to stop the robbers until he was knocked out by some sort of sci-fi sonic weapon (as sometimes pops up in bank robberies).
Spider-Man’s attorney, Matt Murdock, said this wasn’t enough. “The Daily Bugle has long held an anti-Spider-Man bias and has shown a malicious disregard for the facts whenever there’s a story where Spider-Man is involved. They can’t just print lies about someone who is obviously not a public figure -- that’s why he wears a mask. It’s time for them to pay.”
J. Jonah Jameson disputed these charges, bellowing that “The Daily Bugle is only interested in the facts!” and that all he wants are “more pictures of Spider-Man!”