I never said I want everyone to worship Shumi. Im just saying the lack of respect and denigrating comments made by those blogs are not doing him any justice. Its also not fair, as there are lots of other drivers scoring just as badly vs teammates who are not slammed with ridiculous comments like: please, retire! Heikki vs lewis for instance. Kubica vs Petrov. Liuzzi vs Alguersuari. These bloghjournos are only 'offering their insights' on Shumi because it sells.
I doubt any of those with blogs are selling anything, but if they are then you are quite right. Remember, a blog is not a magazine, is usually free to subscribe to and is generally opinion based.
1. Michael isnt doing that badly
But he isn't doing that well, either; with respect, you're a writer on f1 and you have to write about everyone - what are you currently going to write about Michael? Are you going to ignore the aspects of his season that have hit the headlines just because you don't think it's 'fair'?
2. Michael should be entitled to some respect.
Why? Great, he's a 91 race winner and seven times world champion, and for that I respect him, but why would I - as a writer on the sport - feel 'aah, let's give the old guy some respect and not offer the opinion that I think he's performing poorly'? Michael is no more 'entitled to some respect' than you or I.
If you look to the race results, i only see 2 races where Michael really underperformed; Silverstone and China. The other races he got wrong strategies, got bad luck or finished real close to Rosberg.
You are, as it is, entitled to your opinion and if it is as above then fair play to you. As someone who has watched Michael's career and marvelled on many occasions at his ability I was expecting rather more than I have seen this year. I'm far from alone in that respect, and I believe a lot of his fans who are now saying but he's not doing that badly' are kidding themselves and also expected more. For that reason, I think he's underperforming quite clearly. Be honest - did you actually expect Nico Rosberg to bat him just about everywhere? I didn't.