Never mind that the Director of National Intelligence just cleared Clinton of having any classified information on her server, the right is going to continue to beat this dead horse until it's unrecognizable.
Which is exactly what the audience was treated to on this Sunday's Meet the Press. Rachel Maddow did a good job pushing back against her fellow panel member and right wing hack Hugh Hewitt's assertions about crazy Ben Carson and whether all the lies he's been telling are actually a scandal or not, but she did a lousy job when it comes to the right's latest fake Clinton "scandal" of the day that Hewitt was pushing as well.
CHUCK TODD: Yeah, exactly. Hugh, let me start with what you heard from Dr. Carson. I think he's going to go "the media's being unfair" route. This is a standard practice when Republicans are under fire. Is it going to work for him?
HUGH HEWITT: Well, to quote Dr. Kissinger, it has the additional benefit of being true. Like what he had as an objection to this week, is there were four scandals, but only two were reported. Marco Rubio does not have a scandal. Ben Carson does not have a scandal. Hillary, however, had her non-disclosure agreement revealed by Lachlan Markay, Washington Free Beacon.
And Reuters obtained a letter from the Teneo Group refusing to answer any questions about Hillary Clinton. So there were four scandals, two of them were real, involving Hillary Clinton. They were not reported. One, about Ben Carson, West Point, not a scandal, heavily media. And the one about Marco Rubio was all puff.
Which was met by plenty of good push back on Carson and not a word from any of them on Clinton. Chuck Todd doesn't think it's his job to correct anyone who lies on his show. It would have been nice to see Maddow go after him for the Clinton smear instead of just jumping on him about Carson.
Here's the big "scoop" Hewitt was touting. Clinton signed a non-disclosure statement, which I assume is standard procedure for anyone handling classified information that works for the government... and they found a copy! Good luck making this one stick anywhere besides wingnut land.
Here's the post from the right wing rag, The Washington Free Beacon that Hewitt was quoting: Clinton Signed NDA Laying Out Criminal Penalties for Mishandling of Classified Info:
As the nation’s chief diplomat, Hillary Clinton was responsible for ascertaining whether information in her possession was classified and acknowledged that “negligent handling” of that information could jeopardize national security, according to a copy of an agreement she signed upon taking the job.
A day after assuming office as secretary of state, Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that laid out criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information.
Experts have guessed that Clinton signed such an agreement, but a copy of her specific contract, obtained by the Competitive Enterprise Institute through an open records request and shared with the Washington Free Beacon, reveals for the first time the exact language of the NDA.