The Federal Bureau of Investigation has has lifted a "cloud" hanging over Hillary Clinton's campaign by recommending this week that charges shouldn't be pursued in her use of an unauthorized email server when she worked at the State Department, media agreed Tuesday.

"The darkest, more portentous cloud hanging over Hillary Clinton's presidential hopes suddenly lifted," the Boston Globe reported Tuesday.

The New York Times followed up with a report that stated the announcement lifted "an enormous legal cloud from [Clinton's] presidential campaign."

Though FBI director James B. Comey recommended that no charges be brought against the former secretary of state, he revealed his agency found several troubling details regarding her emails.

"Secretary Clinton used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send email on that personal domain," Comey said.

He added in direct contradiction to Clinton's claim she never handled classified information over her private servers, "From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received."

But even with the revelation of these details, Comey's ultimate recommendation meant one thing for many in the press: A dark "cloud" had been lifted from the Clinton campaign.

Fox News contributor and Clinton pollster Douglas E. Schoen said in an op-ed, "The fact that a cloud has been lifted off of Secretary Clinton's head is among the most important developments in this campaign that could possibly occur."

The Associated Press reported, "Less than two hours after a legal cloud was lifted from her campaign, Hillary Clinton boarded Air Force One for a flight with President Barack Obama to a joint campaign appearance in North Carolina."

ABC News' Jonathan Karl added elsewhere Tuesday afternoon that "this whole process has been a cloud hanging over the head of Hillary Clinton and her campaign so that cloud is lifted, but as we pointed out — there's so much bad here for Hillary Clinton.

"[C]ertainly a big cloud lifted, but wow," he added.

Members of the press coalescing around the "cloud" metaphor comes in a long tradition of reporters and pundits repeating the same word or turn of phrase to describe a news events.

In 2000, for example, newsrooms famously beat the word "gravitas" to death through overuse.

In January of that year, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked if GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush was a serious enough person to be trusted with the Oval Office.

"And you have to ask about George W. Bush, is the package full? And there have been questions raised about his gravitas, his weight, his I.Q., have you been ever suspicious that he may not have the weight to be president?" the cable news anchor asked then-New York Gov. George Pataki.

In July, then-Wall Street Journal reporter Al Hunt said Bush benefited greatly from nominating Dick Cheney as his running mate, and explained that the longtime Wyoming congressman made up for the GOP nominee's "lack of gravitas."

In August, the New York Times reported that many voters were "troubled by Bush's lack of gravitas."

And on it went for the remainder of the first presidential race of the new millennium, as the "so-called gravitas gap" remained one of the most-discussed topics of the election cycle.

The word "gravitas" also became something of a running joke, with newsrooms deploying the term with such regularity during the election cycle that political commentator Jeff Greenfield referred to it at the time as the "phrase of the moment."

Years later, conservative author David Limbaugh recalled the press' curious "gravitas" addiction, and noted it was difficult "to narrow a Nexis search to find fewer than 1,000 entries on it."

One former cable news producer told the Washington Examiner's media desk, "The media very much live in a bubble where buzzwords and phrases take off within the circle and get used up, chewed up and spit out."