I read that same article myself. Those developers are in total denial of why GameGate became a thing in the first place. Of the developers from that Escapist Magazine article, #5 is the only one of them who gets it.
It's unethical slimeballs like Ben Kuchera that serve as the quintessential example of why GamerGate continues to pick up steam:
Nice try but the media have already tarred GamerGate so succesfully that I don't think talking about it is worth it anymore. They've won, industry people have openly admitted ethics breaches and nothing has happened. We'll just have to wait it out for a while until something incredibly unethical happens again for any reaction to occur.
Intel recently pulled an ad campaign from Gamasutra over complaints about articles. I wouldnt say anyone has "won".
If you haven't been paying attention (and clearly you haven't) then you'd recognize that this kind of "ethics breaches" have been around for literally centuries in other places where I'm not talking about some banana republic either. Pull up the Wall Street Journal page and ask yourself how many of those reporters know the people they are working from going to the same places they do constantly (from school to events to whatever). Pull up TMZ and ask yourself how many of those reporters know the people who work with the celebrities? We are talking industries in the billions of dollars where lives are made and broken on a small group of people talking to another small group of people and effects how another hundred million think and act. Oh and this doesn't begin to cover the modern problem of "paid-torials"....
How does this all function or not fall apart or end up being comical? Maybe it has broken down but assuming it has not, the classic reason is the editorial staff. The editorial staff sets the pace and tone and decides if reporter is doing the correct thing. If the editor things the story is too biased or the reporter is too close then the editors have enjoyed and used their power to reject the piece. That doesn't mean the editor is above reproach but it is another layer.
If the editor of newspaper or site is comfortable with a reporter's work where they needed to use personal contacts to do it doesn't automatically mean it is tainted. It just means it needs to be more carefully and skeptically read. A bunch of the work Patrick does come from personal contacts and pursuing topics he knows and cares about and I'm okay with it.