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

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillConservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries Congress needs to work to combat the poverty, abuse and neglect issues that children face Lobbying world 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 HeitkampLobbying World Pro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA On The Money: Stocks sink on Trump tariff threat | GOP caught off guard by new trade turmoil | Federal deficit grew 38 percent this fiscal year | Banks avoid taking position in Trump, Dem subpoena fight MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyConservatives spark threat of bloody GOP primaries Anti-corruption group hits Congress for ignoring K Street, Capitol Hill 'revolving door' K Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers MORE (Ind.) also lost in states won by Trump. Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonHow Jim Bridenstine recruited an old enemy to advise NASA Republicans amp up attacks on Tlaib's Holocaust comments The muscle for digital payment MORE (Fla.) is behind in his race to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

On the other hand, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Trump takes heat for remarks on help from foreign governments The Hill's Morning Report - Trump and House Democrats resume battle MORE (D-W.Va.) sailed to reelection in his state, where Trump is highly popular. Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterManchin eyes Senate exit Manchin eyes Senate exit Democrats hope some presidential candidates drop out — and run for Senate  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.