AppleInsider posted a long but in depth article on why in the recent years, Apple has been bashed shamelessly by a lot of news companies. The article cites a lot of anecdotal and circumstantial evidence, like Samsung cheating in benchmark tests and getting caught, CNET trying to trick users into reading sponsored reviews, by placing them in between real product reviews and many more such instances. While this report is very disturbing if any of these are true, it also does bring to light the sad state of affairs of the technology industry where technology journalists (not all, but quite a few) in general and online tech writers in particular have starting stopping to new lows! In this age where anyone and everyone can write anything online (and get paid by the number of Ad clicks), it is very important to be judicious in ingesting any information you get online.
All in all, hope truth survives in the end, because as a customer I do not want to fooled by fake reviews, benchmarks, etc. and end up buying a phone that I will regret paying hundreds of dollars on!