Date:November 2, 15 2012; October 6, 17, 19, 22 2012; September 15, 18, 21 2012; December 4, 2012
The Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which left Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead, shocked Americans, and the murky sequence of events that night almost instantly became politicized, spun and distorted in the heat of a bitter presidential campaign. Amidst the shock and debate, a team of Wall Street Journal reporters, working on the ground in Libya and in Washington, laid out in a series of exclusive, objective and careful reports on what actually occurred that day, and on the mistakes and missteps that contributed to the tragedy. The Journal's reporting disclosed important facts of the attack—facts subsequently confirmed in the State Department's official report—and gave readers information needed to cut through the fog and distortions of political debate. The stories came from hard reporting with deep sources and careful sifting of sometimes-conflicting accounts. It was public accountability journalism at its best.