McCaskill points finger at Fox following loss, calls it ‘state-owned news channel’

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillIranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest MORE (D-Mo.) called Fox News a “state-owned news channel” while criticizing the news outlet's impact on voters in her state days after her reelection defeat.

“It’s time we all quit dancing around what is now a state-owned news channel,” McCaskill told The New York Times

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She said she would walk into restaurants in Missouri and see Fox News running footage of the migrant caravan traversing Mexico toward the U.S. border.

Trump hyped up the caravan in the weeks before the election, using it against Democrats.

The effort appeared to pay dividends in Missouri and other states that Trump easily won in the 2016 presidential election.

Along with McCaskill, Democratic Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyWatchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (Ind.) also lost in states won by Trump. Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (Fla.) is behind in his race to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

On the other hand, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (D-W.Va.) sailed to reelection in his state, where Trump is highly popular. Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterBennet reintroduces bill to ban lawmakers from becoming lobbyists Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever Red-state Democrats worry impeachment may spin out of control MORE (D) also beat back a fierce challenge in Montana.

McCaskill lost to Josh Hawley, Missouri's attorney general, by roughly 6 percentage points, failing to win a third Senate term.