What? Nothing about the standard publisher/publication relationship is out of the ordinary; it happens across the spectrum of entertainment journalism. Movie studios run press screenings for reviewers, publishing houses send review copies of novels, music studios send review copies of albums, etc. And commenting on inquiries (or not; Kotaku wasn't even getting a 'no comment')? There is nothing 'privileged' about that, that's a basic tenant of journalism.
Which is, you know, journalism. Like Paper said, it isn't as if they leaked information that Bethesda told them off the record; they had an independent source, and they deemed the information suitable to publish.
Because that's not how journalism is suppose to work; how do you think entertainment journalism, in particular, would work if every movie and game studio cut off press outlets that didn't give them favorable coverage? Hint: it wouldn't.
It's really good! I expected something really corny (there are one or two moments, but they are bearable) and/or sanitized (no idea why; I guess because I've never seen an Amazon series before, so I didn't know how far they are willing to go), but the show does a good job of building a gritty, believable world.