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Reince Priebus, incoming chief of staff for the Trump White House, made a vague comment Wednesday about reconsidering how the daily press briefing is conducted, and some journalists immediately saw it as a threat to end the daily briefings altogether.

During an interview Wednesday with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Priebus said there’s “a lot of different ways that things can be done” under the new Trump administration. He said that included the briefings, which he said could be among the things to “revisit” in terms of traditions in the White House.

“It just so happens that we’re talking about those things right now, and what the new tradition, I guess you could say, should be in the Trump White House,” Priebus said. “The traditions, while some of them are great, I think it’s time to revisit a lot of these things that have been done in the White House.”

On Twitter, some in the news media suggested that Priebus could be hinting that President-elect Trump would entirely do away with the press briefing.

“Priebus suggests they could do away with [White House] daily press briefing,” tweeted Rosie Gray, a politics reporter who was just hired by the Atlantic.

Jennifer Rubin, a Trump critic who writes on Republican politics for the Washington Post, said, Trump will “never have a press conference — too hard for him, too likely he’ll screw up in major ways.”

“And so the long road to decline begins …,” remarked Washington Post education columnist Jeff Selingo.

Fortune magazine technology reporter Aaron Pressman said, “As I’ve been saying, reporters will be out of the White House before this is over.”

But Priebus did not say he would be ending the daily press briefing, nor did he say what kind of change he might bring to it. Only that the new White House may consider making changes.

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The White House Correspondents’ Association, an independent group of journalists and media professionals, currently has a lot of say in how the press briefings are conducted, most notably in which news outlets are assigned which seats in the room.

But as former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who served in the Bush (43) administration, pointed out in a Wall Street Journal op-ed last month, there’s no guarantee that’s how a Trump administration will do things, which could mean major changes starting next year.

“The White House press secretary used to decide who got what seats, but this authority was given to the White House Correspondents Association in the middle of the George W. Bush administration,” Fleischer wrote. “Nothing prohibits the incoming administration from taking it back. The valuable West Wing real estate occupied by the White House press corps isn’t the property of the press. It belongs to the U.S. government.”

Priebus did say that some of the seating arrangements have been made in the last eight years under Obama. But soon after, White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason of Reuters pushed back at that and said the customs have been around longer than that.

“The WHCA assumed responsibility for assigning the seats in the briefing room over the last two decades at the request of both Republican and Democratic administrations, who were mindful of the potential appearance of playing favorites if they assigned the seats themselves,” Mason said. “The WHCA looks forward to meeting with the incoming administration to address questions and concerns on both sides about exactly this sort of issue.”

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