From NBC's Mark Murray
Right after the news that Obama's campaign took control of his MySpace page away from the 29-year-old paralegal who created it -- which sparked anger on liberal blogs -- Obama today sent a letter to DNC chairman Howard Dean, urging the party to make video of any DNC-sponsored debates available to the public. Such a move would obviously benefit bloggers, who would use the video.
In the letter to Dean, Obama said, "As you know, the Internet has enabled an extraordinary range of citizens to participate in the political dialogue around this election. Much of that participation will take the form of citizen generated content. We, as a Party, should do everything that we can to encourage this participation."
The Obama campaign tells First Read that the MySpace flap had nothing to do with Obama's call to make the debate video available to the public. "This is one way to open up the political process and make it more accessible to all Americans," said spokesman Bill Burton.