News of Cronkite’s passing is a little old today, but Neil Armstrong’s statement was particularly apt considering timeliness. Of the journalist who uttered the phrase “And now we have two Americans on the moon” 40 years ago, Armstrong said:
For a news analyst and reporter of the happenings of the day to be successful, he or she needs three things: accuracy, timeliness, and the trust of the audience. Many are fortunate to have the first two. The trust of the audience must be earned.
Walter Cronkite seemed to enjoy the highest of ratings. He had a passion for human space exploration, an enthusiasm that was contagious, and the trust of his audience. He will be missed.