But I also highlighted a part of your post that has become a giant misconception in all of this nonsense. Rich was not joking about the child's illness. It was all about the Spidey/Ock thing, and the kid mentioned had leukemia. It's like someone slipping on a banana, people laughing, and then someone saying that person had cancer. So what? It's not like there is any kind of joke directed at the fact that the person has cancer. And that's pretty much the same situation here. Had the kid not had leukemia, I guarantee no one would have thought Rich was poking fun at the kid in the least. It's literally just the presence of the fact that created this silly outrage.
In a way, really, I find it kind of patronizing to the kid. It's like everyone is gushing around and feeling sorry for him because some mean ol' reporter posted a story that was...well, it wasn't even mean-spirited toward him, but involved him in some way, and poor him!