I loved that line. It shows the problem in a nutshell: They compared ad blockers to stealing, and then gave two examples of things a large portion of the public isn't convinced is stealing.
So, yes, it's exactly like it. It's something you need to convince us is stealing, if you want us to act in the way you want us to. In fact, just like in those two cases, your best solution is to change your own actions to help us get what we want, so we can accept your solution.
I currently run adblockers solely because without them my computer was painfully slow to browse the web. The difference in many pages cases for me was in the order of a minute or more per page. Fix that problem, and I might reconsider. (Might. Because, after all, at this point the easiest thing to do is to leave the adblocker on...)