We have to be alert to prevent "satire" from being presented to the public as "fact." It is indeed an Alinsky spoiled-brat tactic to use satire for that purpose. IMO.
The example of Esquire -- I think it was -- claims that it was just satire.. No, no. They weren't trying to damage Dr. Corsi at all.
In that manner it is no better than flat-out lies -- for example google "potatoe spelling" and quayle shows up. In this case it is not satire -- it's became the basis for satire -- but it was plain lying by MSM employees, et al.
I actually do recall the day that happened and I recall the initial MSM reports. By my recollection is was the next day that using phonetic spelling became proof that one is stupid -- it is if one is a conservative and one is the VP and a long popular joke is: If President G.W. Bush is assassinated the Secret Service is instructed to immediately shoot the Vice President.
We are defending against an enemy (one of them) who are a bunch of aging psycho spoiled brats and their ideological offspring. Arguable now "the Establishment." As they used to say, "Bring it all down, man."
The Salon piece is clearly marked as being satire.