A New York Times editor on Tuesday dodged a question about why the paper didn't assign any of her reporters to cover a widely scrutinized Hillary Clinton interview that aired this weekend, in which Clinton claimed she didn't lie publicly about sending classified information over her private email server.
Liz Spayd, the Times' public editor, noted in a blog post Tuesday that the Times did not write about the interview even though other publications did cover it and criticized Clinton as being at least somewhat untruthful in it.
"Clinton's remarks were covered by several major news organizations, several of which pointedly challenged the Democratic nominee's candor," wrote Spayd. "But nothing on the interview ever appeared in the Times, either online or in print."
Spayd asked Carolyn Ryan, the Times' political editor, why the interview was not covered by any Times reporter. But she said only that the Times is "aggressively" covering the story.
"It is a subject we have covered aggressively — especially how [Clinton's] comments compare to what the F.B.I. found — and will continue to do so," said Ryan.
Spayd wrote in her blog post that Clinton's remarks in the Fox interview "may have felt like more of the same," but she said as the election unfolds, "it's essential that whatever doubts linger about the candidates, these voters believe that the Times will give them the information they need" about Clinton and her opponent, Donald Trump.
In the weekend interview, the Democratic nominee was asked to respond to FBI Director James Comey, who recently said that while Clinton was secretary of state, she mishandled government information on a private email server. She was also asked to respond to Comey's testimony in a congressional hearing, wherein he disputed much of what Clinton had said publicly in her defense of using the server.
"Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people: that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails," said Clinton.
Fact checkers found Clinton's assertion to be inaccurate. The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler awarded it "four Pinocchios," the highest rating for an inaccurate claim.