On August 16th, 2016, two old friends met at a restaurant in the suburbs of Philadelphia. After an hour of conversation, the topic turned to something that had been on both of their minds. Why is the media so polarized, and why do all the major outlets sit so squarely on either the right or left side of the aisle?
After some thinking, they concluded that neither the media behemoths Fox News and CNN, nor high-traffic clickbait websites Drudge Report and Mother Jones, were going to do anything about it. Why would they want to change the status quo? After all, they benefit from giving their readers one-sided coverage, no matter how detrimental it is to the state of political discourse.
The two agreed to try to do something about it themselves, to make the country a little less divisive, a little better.
Merion West was born, and it was named after the Philadelphia suburb where the conversation took place.
By March 31, 2018, Erich Prince and Henri Mattila had become pioneers in the growing area of politically balanced commentary, described as "least biased" and "one of the most credible sources," by media watchdog Media Bias/Fact Check. A year-and-a-half and countless hours of effort later, Merion West has become the leading platform for both liberal and conservative intellectuals to express their thoughts, side-by-side as equals.
If you believe that the state of political discourse in America is broken — and the current media establishment is a major contributing factor — we ask for your support.
Neither Erich nor Henri take a salary. Instead, the money will go directly to paying our content-producers, promoting our most thought-provoking articles and interviews, and expanding our influence on the national political discourse.
Merion West Highlights
- Featured original content from leading American centrist politicians and thinkers
- Original content from left- and right-leaning intellectuals and public figures
- In-depth interviews with major public figures, from scientists to senators
- Subject of featured story in the newspaper Main Line Times
- Referenced in major publications, from The Chronicle of Higher Education to Herald Sun
- One of the youngest-ever publications accepted to Google News