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Host-to-Host: Pete Dominick interviews Ari Rabin-Havt

December 31, 2013

When it comes to politics there are a lot of gray areas. To help sort out our nation’s political situation — and shed some light on the headline-making Benghazi ordeal — SiriusXM Progress host Ari Rabin-Havt sat down with Indie’s Pete Dominick just a few months ago. In a show that simultaneously aired on Stand Up! and The Agenda, Rabin-Havt gave Dominick an exclusive interview about his book, The Benghazi Hoax.

As Dominick noted, the book — which Rabin-Havt co-wrote with colleague David Brock — comprised many extensive footnotes. Why was that the case? Rabin-Havt said it was done purposely to back-up his facts.

“Part of what we wanted to do and part of our goal was to try to do this with as much publicly available sourcing as possible on the idea that the media and others haven’t done their jobs,” Rabin-Havt said. “You can get the truth simply by doing good research.”

Dominick said the book, based on a tragedy that happened over a year ago, was still relevant — specifically if Hillary Clinton were to run president in the upcoming election. Reason being? It reveals how conservatives went after certain democrats during that time period.

“We recognized that nobody’s told the story of the conservative effort to create a political smear out of an American tragedy,” Rabin-Havt said.

Rabin-Havt explained that as the events of Benghazi were unfolding — four civil servants and veterans died in the tragedy — Mitt Romney’s team of advisers made a choice to politicize the event, making it a “go-to meme” in conservative media. As this event happened around the time of the last presidential election, Romney’s team aimed to bash President Obama and “take her [Clinton] down a peg,” as Rabin-Havt explained. Rabin-Havt also noted how conservative media went after UN Ambassador Susan Rice after she announced the events in Benghazi.

One person that Rabin-Havt said helped spread one of the “most disgusting accusations” – that President Obama abandoned our troops in Benghazi – was FOX News correspondent Eric Bolling. According to Rabin-Havt, some in the conservative media, like Bolling, didn’t know their facts.

“Eric Bolling is either being willfully ignorant or intentionally stupid,” Rabin-Havt said. “A lot of these guys are basing these perceptions on a cartoon-ish view of the U.S. military and its capabilities.”

So what is the role of media and Congress in these international events? Rabin-Havt said there should be less finger-pointing and more fact-hunting.

“Congress has a role here in investigating these things. The question is when that investigation becomes a political witch hunt,” Rabin-Havt said.

This year Indie Radio’s Pete Dominick interviewed various SiriusXM hosts for an exclusive series on Stand Up! With Pete Dominick. To listen in on more host-to-host interviews check out the below playlist. And stay tuned here for even more exclusive host chats.

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