The State Department has spent $70,000 in taxpayer funds to purchase advertisements on seven different Pakistani television stations. No, the ads don’t defend the First Amendment, or the right for a private American citizen to make a film about whatever they want, instead the ads essentially apologize to radical Islamists for the actions of an American filmmaker who insulted their Prophet Muhammed.
Seven Pakistani television stations broadcast U.S. government public service messages Thursday featuring President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denouncing a film clip insulting Mohammed. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland confirmed the ads were produced and paid for by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, at a cost of $70,000. They aired on the same day as the army had to be called in to prevent violent protestors from breaching a diplomatic enclave where the embassy in located.