Skyrim has a lot of bugs, yes, but the process of making a game this huge and involved will always involve a lot of problems; the fact that they even got a game like this running boggles my mind - it is honestly HUGE.
I won't agree with one word you said because you've got it completely backwards. I loathe consumerists who TEND to forgive a corporation because their product is so "complex". Skyrim is a broken mess on every platform it released and it's shameful that they, the devs, swim in pools of cash right now, after releasing an unfinished good. What's more funny about this is that the problem existed way longer than Skyrim and not one person did a thing about it because ... I don't know why. Weird variables can be ironed out in QA, EVEN in such massive games Bugthesda seems to develop.
Also, there is no need to praise them for getting a game this huge to run. Making it to run with minimal bugs would have been an acomplishment, but in it's current state, it's meh.
Take Just Cause 2 for example. It has a much bigger world than Skyrim, has the same amount of filler content, looks twice as better and way smoother in the framerate department.
I can rant all day on the matter but earning cash to pay some dudes who lie about the parity of the console ports, and not giving the so-called journalists all the review versions makes me feel rather sick.