Three CNN journalists resign as network apologises over controversial Trump-Russia story

Anthony Scaramucci a senior adviser to President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. CNN isn't commenting Monday June 26 as to what led it to retract a story abou

The video was released after three CNN journalists resigned Monday following the network's retraction of a story Friday about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between a Trump associate and the head of a Russian investment fund.

But the cabler did respond via Twitter in a reply to Trump challenging the President's claim that CNN ratings are "way down!"

CNN said the story didn't meet its editorial standards.

In the almost nine-minute-long video, an associate from O'Keefe's Project Veritas is seen asking John Bonifield, a supervising producer in the CNN Medical Unit, if the network's coverage of the Russian Federation investigation is "bulls-".

It came as a shock to most people when CNN reporter and Pulitzer-Prize nominee Thomas Frank, assistant managing editor and Pulitzer Prize victor Eric Lichtblau, and the executive editor in charge of investigations Lex Haris resigned.

Trump frequently hits on CNN and refers to stories from the network as "fake news".

Unsurprisingly, Trump was not content to be sated with CNN's bloodletting and appeared to suggest that he wanted more. I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that [it] wouldn't leak because we've been getting all these other leaks.

He later claimed: "Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories".

It identifies a man in the video as CNN Supervising Producer John Bonifield. "Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on", he tweeted on Saturday.

Scaramucci denied any wrongdoing, and later applauded CNN for doing "the right thing" by retracting the story:"It's ok".

It is not immediately clear what in the story is factually incorrect, or whether CNN will continue to report on the issue.

James O'Keefe of Project Veritas said that "to report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with that, let's get back to Russian Federation".

He also retweeted a graphic of the CNN logo altered to read "FNN: Fake News Network". Rather, it meant that "the story wasn't solid enough to publish as-is". Seth Mandel, the op-ed editor at Rupert Murdoch's conservative New York Post, said conservatives should praise CNN: "This is pride-swallowing, grown-up stuff". However, the reporters' resignations show the importance of publications' standing behind their journalistic processes, along with being committed to stopping fake news. He also says that Trump is "probably right" to describe the media's focus on Russia's ties to his administration as a "witch hunt". The president has yet to use his Twitter platform to comment on Syria.