The "race to the bottom" is a reality when developers flood the market with cheap knock-off versions of other apps and there is no enforcement to check that behavior (i.e copyright law). This results in a large number of non-original, low quality apps. being created by a developer sitting in a hovel and with no original ideas of their own prospering from a lack of integrity. There are ways large corporations, such as Google or Apple, could address this problem just as they go after clones of their products.
Unless you create the next "Angry Birds" or equivalent, the age of $0.99 apps making a developer rich (or even possessing a living wage) are long over without enforcement against clones.
As for a company strong-arming journalists with negative reviews - while we appreciate their candice as consumers, they are not in the best interest of the corporation. While a single bad review might be frowned upon, I would suspect multiple product or company bashing articles would result in a ban. They are corporations, not gov't. and transparency is not required.
Lastly, when you agree to be a developer for a platform, you do agree to their terms. If you don't like the term, develop for another platform. Apple, if memory serves me correctly, has over 47% of the market (vs 46% for Android). Apparently, people still prefer Apple's products (despite it being a single vendor vs the many of Android). You can say it's not as good. Millions will say otherwise. And, that is where they are willing to spend their money 47% of the time. The demographic of those willing to spend money on apps and having larger affluence still leans in Apples favor. As a result, this is where larger corporations will spend their money and Apple knows they can call the shots for now. So, they do. If and when Android devices become the products of choice by not only consumers but large enterprises, (things big pharma, EHR, eDetailing, etc) the tables will turn and there will be changes in how the new underdog approaches the world.