Manuipulating narratives is common throughout all of journalism. Bad news sells, and popular talking points are pushed while less popular topics are shelved. As an avid sports fan, it's easy to see the bias of big sporting news outlets on their focus (for America) on east coast, new york, los angeles, or the dallas cowboys.
For example, LeBron James recently signed back in Cleveland. There is a report that Kevin Love made a statement that LeBron called him the day he decided to go to Cleveland and recruited him to the Cavaliers. Now, that's blatant tampering. But the NBA will not address it, and likely most major sports news agencies would ignore it, because you can't have the most popular player in the sport suspended for shady activities off the field/court of play. There's long been rumors Michael Jordan was caught gambling, and "retired" to avoid a suspension.
As for video games, I think most people have known for a long time that major gaming sites and magazines were merely PR arms for major gaming companies. But trying to censor people is a bad move.