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08/16/2012 09:06 am ET

Brian Williams On 'Daily Show': 'Today...Was A Terrible Day For Discourse In A Democracy' (VIDEO)

Brian Williams appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Wednesday and discussed the media coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign.

Stewart asked why, after the announcement of presumptive GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, the media suggested it would shift to covering issues. "What is preventing the media from discussing more substantive issues before the introduction of Paul Ryan, and then since the introduction, and then, let's say, after the election?" Stewart asked.

Williams said there are many distractions and defended his own program's coverage of the campaign. He also shared some of Stewart's concerns. "Today, specifically, as I said tonight, was a terrible day for discourse in a democracy," Williams said, referencing the saga that has unfolded around Vice President Joe Biden's recent "chain" remark.

"We can't, as a country, keep doing this," Williams added.

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