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

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillMissouri New Members 2019 2020 politics make an immigration deal unlikely in lame-duck Mellman: The triumph of partisanship 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 HeitkampTrump to nominate former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as next EPA administrator North Dakota New Members 2019 2020 politics make an immigration deal unlikely in lame-duck MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyTrump to nominate former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as next EPA administrator Indiana New Members 2019 2020 politics make an immigration deal unlikely in lame-duck MORE (Ind.) also lost in states won by Trump. Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDems seek to overhaul voting rules in Florida legal fight  Election Countdown: Abrams ends fight in Georgia governor's race | Latest on Florida recount | Booker, Harris head to campaign in Mississippi Senate runoff | Why the tax law failed to save the GOP majority Trump's take on midterms: ‘Epic' win in Senate, ‘better than other sitting Presidents’ in House MORE (Fla.) is behind in his race to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

On the other hand, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump to nominate former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as next EPA administrator Schumer reelected as Senate Democratic Leader Mellman: The triumph of partisanship MORE (D-W.Va.) sailed to reelection in his state, where Trump is highly popular. Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterCortez Masto poised to become DSCC chair Mellman: The triumph of partisanship VA under pressure to deliver Trump reforms 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.