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Did NBC's Brian Williams ambush the Emanuel brothers?

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Did NBC's Brian Williams ambush the Emanuel brothers?

Brian Williams, Ari Emanuel, Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm Emanuel

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WATCH THIS VIDEO ... of NBC’s Brian Williams interviewing the three Emanuel brothers: Mayor Rahm, bioethicist Ezekiel and Hollywood “super-agent” Ari, recorded March 8 in New York City.

Note the (evidently simulated) slide show of old family photos, the reference to the family as “America’s Jewish Kennedys.”

What do you think of it?

Love-fest? Puff piece? Affectionate portrayal?

Or hatchet job?

Ari Emanuel reportedly puts it in the latter category. The New York Post quotes sources as saying that he sent a “a fiery legal letter to NBC,” complaining the interview, which aired Friday, was so aggressive as to catch the brothers off-guard.

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