Curtis Sliwa was unimpressed with the 60 Minutes interview last Sunday night with Junior Gotti, and in a special to the Daily News the Guardian Angels founder writes:
Instead of the shotgun-tough Q&A the show is famous for, interviewer Steve Kroft seemed in awe of Gotti. At points, he was smiling and laughing it up so much, I expected Gotti's mother to come out and serve him cannoli. When Kroft finally asked Junior if he had been the acting boss of the Gambino crime family, Gotti's lawyer jumped in and issued a denial. Charles Carnesi said Gotti was only guilty of being a loyal son. In reality, if Kroft had referred to the court transcripts of any of the four trials, he would have seen that Gotti's lawyers consistently acknowledged Junior was a capo in the crime family and was acting boss in his father's absence. It seems Gotti and Carnesi have created a new ranking system for the Mafia. Along with the boss of all bosses, the don, the underboss and the consigliere, they've created the position of "loyal son," which I've renamed "The Sonsigliere."
Of course, it was unreasonable for Sliwa to expect Kroft to get tough with Gotti; after all, in addition to owning 60 Minutes, CBS also owns Simon & Schuster which is the publisher of Victoria Gotti's recently published memoir This Family of Mine. Indeed, now that Junior Gotti may soon be shopping around his own memoir, maybe Kroft was hoping to curry a little favor with the mob scion on behalf of the CBS Family.