All three of you could be said to have accepted the article at face value:
The superficial appearance or implication of something:
she felt the lie was unconvincing, but he seemed to take it at face value.
The images become politically charged; take on meaning beyond their face value.
I take people at face value, weigh them by their worth, and where they come from doesn't matter to me.
His comments would be less likely to be taken at face value if your readers were made aware of this important fact.
You could also be said to have accepted it in an uncritical manner:
1 Not expressing criticism or using one’s critical faculties:
the technique had received uncritical acclaim in the media
1.1 Not in accordance with the principles of critical analysis:
(All definitions and examples from Oxforddictionaries.com)