In the debate over the payroll tax cut, Democrats want to pay for extending the tax break with a surtax on the wealthy. Republicans claim—usually without being challenged by reporters—that a surtax on millionaires would be an attack on job-creating small-business owners.
So NPR decided to go to GOP officials and ask to speak with these small-business-owning, millionaire job-creators. Turned out there was trouble finding any:
We wanted to talk to business owners who would be affected. So NPR requested help from numerous Republican congressional offices, including House and Senate leadership. They were unable to produce a single millionaire job creator for us to interview.
So we went to the business groups that have been lobbying against the surtax. Again, three days after putting in a request, none of them was able to find someone for us to talk to.
They did find a few wealthy business owners willing to talk—and they said their personal tax rate wasn't a factor in their hiring decisions.
Imagine if journalists did this kind of thing all the time?