To give a VERY recent example: one of the main events the past 2 days was a viral tweet from Trinidadian rap artist Nicki Minaj where she described a friend of her cousin blaming a COVID vaccine for his swollen testicles, followed by doctors around the world explaining it's more likely to be an STI. Even the Trinidadian Secretary of Health chimed in saying they do not have any records of this case. Then in response to another tweet of Minaj saying people would shove marbles up their anus if Democrats asked them to, Fox News asked a Republican congressman live on air "you're not gonna shove marbles up your ass, are you?".
News events like these feel like something that only 5 years ago would appear on sites like The Onion or The Babylon Bee. Entire communities have appeared sharing news items like this which feel satirical but are real news, and the articles seem wilder and wilder with each passing week.
A related problem is that alongside the rise of real news that feels like satire, there's also been a massive increase in news articles that appear real and realistic, but are actually spreading lies and misinformation to further their own agenda.
It feels like if you're writing satire, it runs the risk of either being seen as real because it's something that might conceivably happen, or being accused of trying to pass fake news as genuine even though you're just trying to tell a joke.
People tend to know that certain sources are satire and should be interpreted as such, but it's not always the case. Starting out as a new satirical author means people will generally believe you even if you place 30 point capitals on your about page saying your news is satirical.
What's the most appropriate way to deal with this conundrum? How can an artist responsibly write satire, i.e. in a way that people will instantly see that it's meant for comedy and that it's not supposed to be real?