People are stupid for believing the bending. It is really rare even with the 6+ but since it's Apple it gets blown waaaay out of proportion. Anyone who sits down with their phone in their back pocket, iPhone or not is an ***** and deserves a bent phone.
The consumer reports piece is right on addressing the large amount of pressure needed to create the reported bend.
I hope people don't go away with the impression that lesser amounts of unwanted force is okay - for any smart phone. Especially for Apple devices this is destructive long before the visible bend in the frame. The screen and boards are built to very tight tolerances not meant to be pushed in that way.