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

Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sunday shows preview: States deal with fallout of Ida; Texas abortion law takes effect Giuliani to stump for Greitens in Missouri 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 HeitkampWashington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight Business groups aim to divide Democrats on .5T spending bill MORE (N.D.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyRepublicans may regret restricting reproductive rights Sanders traveling to Iowa, Indiana to pitch Biden's spending package Supreme Court battle could wreak havoc with Biden's 2020 agenda MORE (Ind.) also lost in states won by Trump. Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonElon Musk mocks Biden for ignoring his company's historic space flight How will Biden's Afghanistan debacle impact NASA's Artemis return to the moon? Biden to talk Russia, anti-corruption with Ukraine's president MORE (Fla.) is behind in his race to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

On the other hand, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's To reduce poverty, stop burdening the poor: What Joe Manchin gets wrong about the child tax credit Overnight Health Care — Presented by Indivior —Pfizer: COVID-19 vaccine safe for young kids MORE (D-W.Va.) sailed to reelection in his state, where Trump is highly popular. Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Senate backers of new voting rights bill push for swift passage The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Polls open in California as Newsom fights for job 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.