I can remember being raised to never be guilty of attributing a statement as made by someone who didn't make it. To clarify, I mean saying either in writing or verbally that someone said such and such. The connotation of libel or slander is that it casts a shadow over the person said to have made the statement. It's ever important to make sure that when it is stated that someone said something that they indeed did so. Have the standards lessened with regard to slander and libel to the degree that it's overlooked?