"The quasi-factual nature of the widely shared story triggered a response from Snopes, a popular fact-checking website. Snopes noted the inaccurate nature of the Bee’s story but also included in its post a subheading: 'We’re not sure if fanning the flames of controversy and muddying the details of a news story classify an article as satire.'" - RNS
Michael Svigel: I am going to send Demas, my lawyer and agent, a few days ahead of me to make the necessary arrangements. As you know, I will require an up-front payment to cover travel expenses, meals, and lodging to and from the conference ... I do, however, require a love offering to be collected to help cover the expense of my event staff, who will be joining me as usual.