UPDATE 9:54 a.m. EST: Trump applied his "Fake News" label to other outlets.
UPDATE June 27, 6:47 a.m. EST: Trump labeled CNN "FAKE NEWS" on Twitter.
Wow, CNN had to retract big story on "Russia," with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
ORIGINAL STORY: Three journalists have resigned from CNN after the network retracted an article linking allies of President Trump with a Russian state-owned investment fund, according to CNN Money.
“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesman said Monday.
CNN Money reported that writer Thomas Frank had resigned, as had Eric Lichtblau, an editor in a new investigative unit at CNN, and Lex Haris, who oversaw the group.
The article the trio was involved in reportedly said that Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials,” citing a single anonymous source.
Raymond Tubb, a television anchor at Fox 24 WGXA TV in Georgia, on Monday suggested the resignations “won’t help the #FakeNews attacks.”
Other Twitter users on Monday praised the exits, accusing CNN of partisanship and inaccurate reporting.
CNN management reportedly conducted an internal review of the June 22 story, which linked longtime Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian state-owned investment fund.
One of the people briefed on the probe said that “the story wasn’t solid enough to publish as is” as the article had not followed CNN’s standard editorial process.
Haris was reportedly named the executive editor of CNN Investigates in January after previously serving as executive editor of CNNMoney.com.
Lichtblau purportedly joined CNN in March after winning a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2006 after working for the New York Times.
Frank worked for Newsday and USA Today for three decades before ultimately ending up with CNN.