Pellet/BB/Airsoft guns, most of the media relates them to replicas. I rememeber watching 1 video where the reporter said a Clearsoft shot "Plastic Pellets". All of these reporters don't know what they're talking about.
You can't do nothing about it. Even if thousands of people writes letters to the Commissioner of Firearms , it won't work. Basically, they do know Airsoft is a sport. But people always get confused of it. Just because it shoots, and is a firearm, they relate it to pellet/bb/airsoft. The only way you can solve this problem with that newspaper is copy and paste the FAQ to the editor.
And these types of threads always end up about a discussion about the age of possession which gets thrown in the trash.