NPR Sending Reporters to 'Hostile Environment' Training Before Covering Trump Rallies

"Clearly it's become both dangerous and unsafe to be a journalist at these events."

National Public Radio is sending its reports to be trained to work in "hostile environments" before they head off to cover Donald Trump rallies, reports The Washington Post.

"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," the report states. "News organizations, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations generally employ such training to help employees respond to such hazards as riots, mortar attacks, kidnappings or firefights."

The Post is calling this more "scaled-down" approach "Trump Training."

Despite what the media is selling, the vast majority of Trump rallies are peaceful events. However, there has been some notable violence in the few that turn that way, including some violence against journalists. 

During an interview about the Republican front-runner's rallies, NPR's Senior Vice President of News Michael Oreskes said, "Clearly it's become both dangerous and unsafe to be a journalist at these events. And the Trump people have clearly contributed to that."

Oreskes said NPR employees are being offered the training he describes as for "dangerous or possibly hostile environments."

NPR spokeswoman Isabel Lara added, "We make the training widely available to newsroom staff whether they work internationally or domestically [to help them deal] with the stress of covering a very demanding story for a long period of time."

As the Post noted, Lara wouldn't say how many staffers are in the program. The report also noted that NPR is alone in offering this "Trump Training," stating that no other news organizations, including itself, are sending staff members.

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