No Money for Benghazi Security, But State Department Spent $630,000 on Facebook Likes

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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I wonder how much security that $630,000 would have bought for the Benghazi mission. But Hillary knew where the money really needed to go. Buying Facebook fans.

State Department officials spent $630,000 to get more Facebook “likes,” prompting employees to complain to a government watchdog that the bureau was “buying fans” in social media, the agency’s inspector general says.

The department’s Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its “likes” count between 2011 and March 2013.

Despite the surge in likes, the IG said the effort failed to reach the bureau’s target audience, which is largely older and more influential than the people liking its pages. Only about 2 percent of fans actually engage with the pages by liking, sharing or commenting.

In September 2012 Facebook also changed its approach to users’ news feeds, and the expensive “fan” campaigns became much less valuable. The bureau now must constantly pay for sponsored ads to keep its content visible even to people who have already liked its pages.

Also less valuable are four dead Americans in a mission that did not receive adequate security, while Hillary’s State Department was squandering money on overpriced Kindles, art in embassies and Facebook likes.

But as Hillary said, “What difference does it make anyway?”

  • OfficialPro

    If you’re spending money to get Facebook Likes, you’re doing it wrong.

  • Dis

    Daniel that money could have paid for the top of the line, first rate protection Hillary and her cronies prefer, Islamist Miltias.

    Let’s call a spade a spade shall we? Hillary is all about Hillary. She will do anything including throw her country under the bus, eat crow from her husband, lie, cheat perhaps murder (Foster, Brown) to get into the WH. She is a real piece of work waddling around trying to look diplomatic. Obama set up the Morsi-Brotherhood raid to swap the Sheik for the Brothers. The gun running was to pay off McCain and Graham. The idiots blew it so Hillary and Obama decided to let them all die so the truth could die with them.

    Is there no American who knows the truth willing to stand up and honor those fallen or are they all like John Roberts and General Betrayus?

  • Frank W Brown

    Speak LOUDLY, you DO have a voice!

    Can you say FAST and FURIOUS???
    Can you say BENGHAZI???
    Can you say IRS???
    Can you say AP???
    Can you say NSA???

    Hello
    Congress, where is the RULE of LAW? When DO you propose to HONOR the
    OATH you took upon election? You DID take an OATH, right? Listen to us
    NOW, or find a job later!

  • John Carman

    History repeats itself all the time and if we’re NOT careful, it will affect us all.
    When the People were hungry and starving in the streets in France back in 1789 July 14th or so, that’s when the Queen Marie Antoinette was quoted as saying if they can’t find any food to eat, “Let them eat cake!!”, etc.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Revolution
    Hillary has done worse than that and Democrats are crazy enough to ask for more punishment by even talking about Hillary for President.
    Hillary has been instrumental in the Deaths of Americans and still hasn’t been charged along with her “co-conspirators” and they should ALL hang,
    This country is falling apart because of incompetent leadership and Democrats-Communists who know nothing about this Country. It is a Republic. It was founded on Christian-Judeo beliefs and not Islam or a foreign born President from Kenya. The Democrats think they can LIE to OUR Faces and ignore the TRUTH. That’s because they know they are violating the Laws of this Land.
    Does it take Egypt to show our Military how to enforce the Constitution !!!???
    The Military needs to stop worrying about their damn “retirement” and GROW SOME BALLS!!! Do something to restore our Constitution ! Remove that Treasonous Impostor from Kenya and his co-conspirators and put them in Prison now!!! Do your Constitutional DUTY!!!

  • Olvar

    I bet they would have had raging success in their target demographic if they were looking for “dislikes.” I would not mind going and engaging in their discussion, except that I am not overly fond of having my name entered on the FEMA camper roster.

  • FFlintstone

    It’s too late. America is screwed. It doesn’t matter what her actions are. All that matters is her gender. America won’t learn its lesson until we hit rock bottom.