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Can Ron DeSantis Avoid Meeting the Press?


“We fully expect candidates will be rewriting the traditional rules of access and how they interact with journalists,” said Rick Klein, political director of ABC News, which featured Mr. Cohen in “Power Trip,” a documentary series about young campaign reporters.Gov. Ron DeSantis and His AdministrationCould a presidential candidate realistically avoid the mainstream media entirely? “I don’t think it’s been done before,” Mr. Klein said. “But I think the last couple of years in politics has taught us there’s lots of rules that get broken.”Mr. DeSantis’s strategy would face its biggest test if he pursued a presidential bid, a decision he has so far demurred on.In Florida, Mr. DeSantis occasionally spoke with local TV affiliates and entertained shouted-out questions from the state’s press corps. But a national contest would require him to introduce himself to a broader audience, and while a primary race would focus on Republican voters, it is often independ …

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