Basically they blamed Oxide in the media without bothering to check first, then realized it was their drivers after they had already opened their mouths.
Im not sure how anyone can take Nvidia's side on this one.
FWIU nVidia sent "a memo" around to the sites claiming that MSAA was bugged and not to use it when reviewing their cards. Sounds like a decision that a PR person would make, rather than wear the issue. Probably thought the Dev was in nVidia's back pocket and was rudely surprised when they stood up.