Eugene Volokh has some comments on a Slate story about major media outlets blindly reporting inaccurate quotes concerning the Koran's justification for beheadings
The piece correctly points out that this may not reflect the views of mainstream Islam today. (The Bible says that eating shellfish is an abomination, but that's not the view of mainstream Christians today.) But it also correctly points out that the quotes the newspapers passed along were inaccurate, and that newspapers should be less credulous on such matters..Not sure about the views of mainstream muslims, but something that neither Prof. Volokh nor Slate author Lee Smith point out is that one way for the press to ignore these problems is to not rely on the dubious assertions of terrorist linked organizations such as the Dar Al Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, VA for truth and accuracy. This is especially surprising when the paper had previously reported on the Mosques substantial links to the 9/11 terrorists in the months before 9/11.