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  • J. Jonah Jameson is overbearing, self-centered, and laser-focused on proving Spider-Man a criminal, but more often than not he raises some valid arguments:
    • In his very first broadcast, he correctly predicts (while insulting a caller) that Fisk's arrest will cause a spike in criminal activity, as various factions scramble to fill the power vacuum he left behind, and small-time criminals will feel free to act without worrying about disturbing the "bigger fish". Spidey himself will note an immediate increase in criminal activity even before the Demons show up - noting that "Fisk kept such things down" and comes dangerously close to missing Fisk after various crime-in-progress missions. The DLC further reinforces that he was right, what with Hammerhead waging war with the other Maggia dons, then against the city itself. Jonah does put the blame on all this at Spider-Man's feet (conveniently forgetting that the cops themselves were trying to arrest Fisk even before Spidey got involved).
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    • As seen below, he raises a lot of valid points such as not taking precautions with supercriminals like the Rhino and Fisk's arrest causing gang war, though the point is muddied by his book shilling and blaming Spider-Man for all of Manhattan's ills.
    • He hits on the point of the Superhero Paradox, as while Spider-Man has repeatedly saved the city from dangerous super-criminals, those super-criminals didn't really exist before Spidey showed up. He also repeatedly makes the point that Spidey has a tendency to escalate situations, a claim with some validity following the rise of the Demons.
    • Jameson mentions that Rhino is being placed under tighter security, and asks why the 700-pound criminal nutcase permanently sealed in a suit of Powered Armor that enhances his already-existing strength wasn't under maximum security in the first place.
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    • He also correctly points out that some of the measures taken by the city would be civil liberty violations, and that while the mayor's policies can help the city, it is actually the police who are cleaning up the city and entrepreneurs and business owners taking risks who are improving the economy.
    • During the Rykers breakout and subsequent Sable occupation, he gives callers good, well meaning - if harsh - advice on what to do, in particular advising them not to make the problem any worse, but to trust the local police and instead document everything they see and wait for a time where the bad guys will be held accountable.
    • When a research lab mission goes south and causes several water towers to leak, you have to go around the area sealing them up before the leakage becomes critical. When this is brought up as an example of Spider-Man's heroism, Jameson correctly points out that the leaks were Spider-Man's fault in the first place.
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    • When a police officer calls in on his show and tells Jonah he's changed his opinion of Spider-Man for the better, Jonah accurately points out that even if something Spider-Man does is justified, it's not fair that somebody with a public identity doing the same thing in the same situation would have to face consequences, and the only reason Spider-Man doesn't have to deal with those same consequences is because he keeps his identity secret. Though this one is somewhat justified: Yuri knows Spider-Man can do things the police cannot and permits him to handle situations they otherwise would not be able to.
    • It does not take him long to realize that Osborn hiring Sable International was an incredibly bad idea, given their cavalier attitude and being a firm that specializes in suppressing rebellions, not a police force.
    • He also points out that the Maggia are not any better than the supercriminals or recent gangs and crime bosses that sprung up in their absence, and their so called 'rules' are kept only when it's convenient.
    • At the end of Silver Lining, he points out that while Silver Sable did help stop Hammerhead, he would have never have gotten as far as he did if she hadn't left state of the art weapons and gear lying around New York.
    • He also doesn't intend to let Sable get away with leaving her well-armed and highly-maneuverable gunship to "collect dust in a Symkarian warehouse" while Martin Li, the Demons, and the Sinister Six were tearing the city to pieces mere months ago.
    • It also happens on a meta-narrative level: After the second battle with Shocker, Jameson will lament the collateral damage the fight resulted in, and will say that Spider-Man treats the city as a giant playground, and its content as toys. While it's not true of Spidey in-universe, it's sort of true of the players controlling Spider-Man. The entire city, and its contents, exist for the player's enjoyment.
    • Jonah claims at one point that Spider-Man hacks into the police network and spies on people's conversations. He later claims that his broadcasts keep Spider-Man honest and that he "knows" Spider-Man is listening. Both are technically true. Spider-Man is hacked into the police networks, but he doesn't use it to spy on personal calls like Jonah claims, but to catch criminals. Spider-Man also does listen to Jonah all the time and while most people who are criticized as much as Spider-Man is would just ignore Jonah, Spider-Man does concede a bunch of points to Jonah. Not to say Spider-Man doesn't mock Jonah or expect the worst from him when it comes to criticizing him, but Spider-Man does realize that Fisk would've escaped from police if it wasn't for him and that he really did leave one hell of a power vacuum with his actions for catching Fisk.
    • When a caller points out that he's always on Spider-Man's case and blaming him for everything, Jonah admits that he would stop harping on Spidey if he joined the Police Academy and got a badge. At least then, his heroics could at least be made legal and sanctioned but also have oversight for his actions and the consequences thereof.
    • His general assertion that Spider-Man makes things worse isn't entirely unjustified, even if he greatly exaggerates how often it happens. The entire helicopter chase sequence for example, much of the collateral damage is because Spider-Man webbed the Helicopter to that machine. Had he not done that, the crane wouldn't have fallen, smashing a few facades, nor would the Helicopter played wrecking ball into several buildings. Similarly, Spider-Man's chase with Shocker causes a fair amount of collateral damage due to the latter's method of fleeing.
  • Near the end of the game, Norman Osborn decides to oversee the antiserum to the Devil's Breath on his own while leaving Silver Sable behind. Sable objects, insisting he'll be completely vulnerable without her, Norman retorts by calling her and her PMC out as Incompetence, Inc.; considering that Sable's troops have repeatedly proven themselves to be complete screwups overall and never succeed at doing much of anything without Spider-Man's help, he's not wrong.
    Norman: I seem to be completely vulnerable with you.
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