Isn't the point that if a newspaper printed a report/article (not an opinion piece) that was factually inaccurate, it's unprofessional, embarrassing, and often forces a retraction, while the great majority of bloggers are not held to really any standards?
Ridiculousness across all sports:
(1) "You have no valid opinion because you never played the game."
(2) "Stats are irrelevant. This guy just doesn't know how to win."