At least there have been no mortar attacks.
In the finest spirit of safe spaces found on college campuses across America, National Public Radio has taken the “extraordinary step” of offering its reporters “hostile-environment” safety training, also dubbed “Trump Training.”
— Paul Farhi (@farhip) March 23, 2016
The Washington Post reported that NPR has provided training often used to “help employees respond to hazards such as riots, mortar attacks, kidnappings or firefights.”
Donald Trump’s campaign events have apparently become such a minefield for reporters that one major news organization has taken the extraordinary step of offering its correspondents a version of training for dealing with real minefields.
NPR has sent its political reporters to 90-minute hostile-environment awareness training, which in its typical form lasts a few days and prepares journalists for covering war zones or regions where terrorists are active.
Reporter Paul Farhi felt compelled to mention the Republican presidential front-runner’s rallies in the same breath as mortar attacks.
“Although there have been no mortar attacks, Trump’s campaign rallies are generally rowdy affairs in which violence has occasionally flared,” he wrote.
Farhi noted that several journalists have been roughed up while covering Trump, but said in an earlier piece that “the not-so-dirty little secret among reporters who cover Trump is this: It’s a kick to report on his campaign, a constant thrill ride.”
“They love the beat, if not the beat-down.”
Among the reactions on social media, NPR reporters are being compared to “snow flake little pansies.” Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
— Just An American (@JustAnAmerican0) March 23, 2016
— Kristine ❀♡❀♡ (@KristineAz) March 24, 2016
— Daniel Whelan (@dannybhoyo13) March 24, 2016
— Jan Kinnard (@KinnardJan) March 23, 2016
— DMac79 (@DMacJr79) March 24, 2016
— Orwellian_Dilemma (@Orwells_Dilemma) March 24, 2016
— Cliff Williams (@chesepioc) March 24, 2016
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