You might be shocked if I gave full voice to the disdain I feel towards anyone who would intentionally mislead another person. (One hint, though, is the hundreds of hours I have put forth on this blog)
Of late, I have been reading material by Cotton Mather taken from The Witchcraft Delusion in New England . Mather wrote:
At such a time as this ought Magistrates to do something extraordinary in promoting of what is laudable, and in restraining and chastising of Evil Doers.
For Mather, the extraordinary time was the infestation of witches. In truth the misery that Mather saw was mostly the result of frightened people looking for a scapegoat stirred up by the likes of himself. However appropriate, it is not the purpose of this essay to associate the hysteria of the nobots with the hysteria of the Salem witch hunters. My purpose here is to talk about the punishment due to those who offend the public morals by practicing public deception.
I cannot judge who it is that intentionally fabricates lies (like fake travel bans, edited grandmother tapes, fake Kenyan birth certificates and historical and legal citations out of context), who knowingly passes them on or who unknowingly but negligently passed them on. Nevertheless I believe that such judgments should be made and to the extent that existing laws cannot punish them, perhaps they might be pilloried in effigy as a means of the expression of public disapproval.
And so (you know who you are) this pillory is for you.