Jon Stewart Blasts Sensationalism in the News Media, but is it Really So Bad?

Is sensationalism in the news media a bad thing?

"The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart thinks so. In his recent appearance on "Fox News Sunday" Stewart charged that the news media is rife with sensationalism and that coverage of the Anthony Weiner scandal was an example of this.

"The bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness," Stewart told anchor Chris Wallace. "The embarrassment is that I'm given credibility in this world because of the disappointment that the public has in what the news media does."

But is sensationalism really so horrible? And do people really dislike it as much as Stewart seems to think?