is Independent -- we need your help

Jonathan Garthwaite
Posted: Mar 28, 2005 12:00 AM

Dear faithful readers,

I have great news. is going independent.   That?s right.  We?re free to take on the liberals with everything we?ve got.

For nearly ten years, The Heritage Foundation helped nurture us into one of the best conservative sites anywhere, but we?re on our own now.  A dream come true.

This split is necessary because the battle for the heart and soul of Americans on the web is getting very serious.  All over the place, liberals are setting up websites and blogs to tear down the foundations of our great nation.

You have been there for us during this incredible journey and I hope you?ll stand with us and support us as we grow into a major force in the political world.

As editor since 1998,  I am extremely proud of the writers and editors that put together everything each day.  Without their effort and your support, would just not exist.

I am also thrilled to be able to tell you that we have a new publisher in Townhall President Drew Bond.   Drew is a veteran of Washington, D.C. policy battles, having worked directly for Ed Feulner at Heritage and former Senator Don Nickles in the U.S. Senate.   He?ll be writing to you later in the Pledge Drive. was created in 1995, and nearly ten years later, is the flagship on the web for conservatives everywhere.   Townhall now ranks as one of the most popular sites on the web.  In fact, is currently the world's largest site for conservative news, opinion and analysis. All this success is because of you, our loyal readers. Thank you.

We've had great success, but we face tremendous challenges ahead and we need your support.
Liberals are engaged in a merciless and unrelenting fight against the conservative agenda, chipping away at the gains we've made and distorting the facts to portray our side as mean-spirited and heartless in order to turn the American public against us.


We expect this announcement to bring the liberals out in hoards as they attempt to smother this new baby in its crib.  This great news started to leak into the Washington media over this past weekend and already the liberal blogs are trying to spin this to their advantage.   They are trying to discredit us with other media operations.   They hope to silence us before we?ve uttered a word.

We refuse to let this happen.

No longer do the New York Times and Washington Post decide what the news is and what you should think about it. No longer does your local newspaper have complete control over the opinion columnists you are able to read. Now you can come to to get all the news, any time of day.

Unlike some online magazines that spend millions of dollars supporting a lavish editorial newsroom, publishes the best conservative news, opinion, and analysis on a responsible budget. No fancy offices or luncheons. Just computers, great writers, respected partners, and knowledgeable contributors. We stay lean and mean. And we make every dollar count.

Managing a site with millions of visitors, tons of content and a massive technical framework is not cheap. At this pivotal time in growth, we can?t afford to cut corners or cut content.

That is why I am asking for a generous donation from you today. Your contribution will ensure that stays on the Web with all the news you want and need to see.

Your gift today is the best way you can make sure all Americans have a strong alternative to the leftist bias of the nightly news. Thank you.

Jonathan Garthwaite