They weren't petitioning for "legitimate criticism," they were simply trying to whine louder. And they got slapped for their troubles.
I'm not sure you realize what side you're on, so I'll be frank: there is a very loud minority that seeks to push women out of their "special club" under the guise of "journalistic integrity." That's who you're on the side of–sexist bullies who seek to silence any attempt at women's rights, and then have the gall to call them liars when they report their behavior.
It's sickening. So stop championing these people, please.