The attacks on DeSantis have been nonstop, and while most of the Florida press understands what’s going on, the national press is trying to cast him as some villain. That is going to drive a lot of Republicans to him because he is not shying away from the media’s attacks and is, in fact, taking them head-on.
But… he is not doing it in a way that resembles Donald Trump. He is his own person, able to shut them down without resorting to many of the anti-media antics Trump took during his time in office.
One of the reasons the national press dislikes DeSantis, though, is their own guilt. The national press’s adoration and cult-like worship of Beto O’Rourke in 2018 caused them to ignore black candidates like Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum, the latter having been DeSantis’s opponent for Governor.