Does the media's interest in organized crime, as an entertainment topic, glamorize it in the eyes of the American public? 

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The media has long maintained a fascination with organized crime, and the Italian-based Lo Cosa Nostra, or Mafia, in particular. The fascination extends beyond organized crime to include criminal figures of Depression-era America, including Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger, The Ma Barker Gang, and others.  Newspapers and magazines routinely print articles describing the exploits of such figures as Al Capone, Sam Giancana, Joseph Bonano, and John Gotti. Such stories sell newspapers.  It is logical to suggest that the media’ fascination, which certainly stokes public interest, is also a reflection of that public interest.  Absent substantial public interest in the activities of organized crime groups, it is unlikely media coverage of those activities, including the criminal trials that usually ensue, would be as extensive as it is.

Whether the media deliberately glamorizes organized crime is debatable with regard to news coverage of the real-life Mafia.  At its height, the Mafia...

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