Never assume -- learned this in high school -- the word says the truth -- "Ass of U and ME". Remember if its not directly out of my mouth you're not getting the truth, you are getting the version they want you to hear.
Many people mix opinion with fact. Unless you search for the facts, you're just repeating another person's opinion - and most likely stretching the truth (like a secret and passing it on). And, perception is not always reality. Get the facts yourself!