The devs didn't lie. They admit they could have communicated better, and that's true, but this whole "SOE LIED" movement is not based on any level of rationality.
In regards to airdrops, the way the devs put it, you're not buying gear with the airdrops, you're buying an event. By that logic it makes sense. Don't go into it expecting to actually get gear.
They also drastically reduced the chances of getting guns from them to almost zero and the airdrop comes in currently in a random 700m radius around the player. The P2W cries are drastically overblown. Although personally I wouldn't bother buying an airdrop on a pvp server at the moment. Too crowded and the KOS mentality is too high.
All of the outcry is based on a streamer on day 1 getting lucky with an airdrop prior to any of the balancing being in place and thus started the Internet shit storm.