I am uncertain if Ms. Bumiller’s question was submitted to the president before-hand. Perhaps you might write to the president if you are unhappy with this system.
Office of the Public Editor
You didn’t think the New York Times was going to create a truly independent Public Editor’s office, now did you?
(Full context here.)
Update: I got the same response as Atrios and a few others. (Though signed by Okrent, the header is left over from my last exchange with Bovino which doesn’t necessarily mean anything, they may well share a computer and/or email access.)
Subject: Re: Those T-Shirts
Date: April 21, 2004 3:19:18 PM EDT
Dear Tom Tomorrow,
I recently learned that some readers wrote to this office concerning the protocols of White House press conferences. I cannot speak for other news organizations, but I can assure you categorically that the New York Times does not ever submit press conference questions in advance.
N.B.: Any opinions expressed here, unless otherwise indicated, are solely my own