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NY Times buries the news of Clinton's classified emails

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The Hillary Clinton story didn't seem to interest The New York Times, which buried the story in the bottom right corner of A16 in its print edition Wednesday morning. (AP Photo)

The New York Times' print edition on Wednesday buried the news that the inspector general tasked with examining Hillary Clinton's personal email server found it contained government data that went beyond top secret.

Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough III told U.S. lawmakers in an unclassified letter dated Jan. 14 that his investigation had uncovered that Clinton's homebrew server contained sensitive information that went above "top secret."

Some of the information contained on Clinton's unauthorized email server was so highly classified that McCullough and his team reportedly had to seek special permission just to look at it. Fox News was one of the first media outlets to obtain a copy of the IG letter, and broke the story late Tuesday afternoon.

But the story didn't seem to interest the Times, which buried the story in the bottom right corner of A16 in its print edition Wednesday morning.

Stories that actually earned front-page attention from the Times Wednesday morning included news that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had endorsed GOP front-runner Donald Trump and an analysis of "America's drug overdose epidemic."

The Times isn't alone in appearing disinterested in the email story. The big three networks, ABC, NBC and CBS News, didn't even mention it Tuesday evening.

The major networks did, however, dedicate a large portion of Tuesday evening's programming to Palin's endorsement of Trump.

"[T]he networks reserved a whopping five segments (one on ABC, one on CBS and three on NBC) for the Iowa rally in which the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee endorsed the billionaire frontrunner," Newsbusters reported.

"[A]ll three networks spent a separate three minutes and 46 seconds across two reports and one news brief on the Democratic race, but did not use that opportunity to even once allude to the cloud surrounding the former secretary of state," the report added.

Clinton's campaign responded to this week's email news by maintaining that she never had classified information on her private server, and by suggesting that the inspector general is colluding with Republican lawmakers to sink her campaign.

"This is the same interagency dispute that has been playing out for months, and it does not change the fact that these emails were not classified at the time they were sent or received," Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.

"It is alarming that the intelligence community IG, working with Republicans in Congress, continues to selectively leak materials in order to resurface the same allegations and try to hurt Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign," he added.

(h/t Matthew Continetti)