FROM PALIN TO KILMEADE…. In her first policy statement since quitting as Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin argued on Facebook that President Obama wants to create a “death panel” as part of a “downright evil” system. Even some conservatives found this “crazy.”

But not Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. The “Fox & Friends” host, perhaps best known for complaining about the lack of racial “purity” in the United States and lamenting Americans’ habit of “marrying other species and other ethnicities,” today repeated Palin’s argument, without even mentioning the former governor, as if the insane attack were fair.

“Are seniors going to be in front of a death panel?” Kilmeade told viewers. “And then just as you think, ‘OK, that’s ridiculous,’ then you realize there’s provisions in there, that seniors in the last lap of their life will be sitting there, going to a panel, possibly discussing what the best thing for them is.”

It’s all about bringing radical stupidity into the mainstream. Kilmeade presents this as a legitimate inquiry. If you listen closely, you can hear one of his co-hosts saying “sure,” as if “death panels” are something that everyone should obviously be concered with.

I sometimes wonder what would have happened if FDR, when creating Social Security, or LBJ, when creating Medicare, had to deal with a major news outlet committed to making the public as dumb as humanly possible.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.