Stephens, Chapters 10 and 11

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The author wrote about how Samuel Pecke was jailed for spending too much time covering a petition calling for peace with the king, and about how Marchamont Nedham had wrote disapprovingly about King Charles before switching sides and writing for him two years later. He made it appear as though it was difficult for journalists to report the news and stay alive or out of prison at the same time. They had to walk a fine line. He described the difficulty in remaining neutral while covering dangerous, political discussions:

“’Whosoever undertakes to write weekly in this nature,’ noted one anonymous editor in 1647, ‘undertakes to sayle down a narrow Channell, where all along the shore on each side are Rocks and Cliffs that threaten him… He onely is the happy steersman that can keep his course in the middle of the channell.’” -- Stephens, Chapters 10 and 11

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