Rachel Maddow interviews Tom Ridge on politicizing terror threat alerts

Video link (MSNBC), and YouTube link (for folks in places where the official source is region-blocked.)

This, my friends, is why we have television. Man, but Rachel Maddow kicks all kinds of ass. Here, she interviews former US Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge on revelations that the "Terror Threat Level" system was manipulated for political purposes during the Bush Administration.

As Jay Rosen aptly tweeted just now, "There are times when TV truly is an x-ray. Dissembling made visible. (…) To work himself out of the bind she had gotten him into, Ridge actually disavowed the jacket copy of his own book under Maddow's questioning."

Background: Ridge Claims That He Was Pressured to Elevate Threat Warning (Washington Post)