What are you lookin' at, sugar tits?

... As Mel Gibson is alleged to have said to a female police officer as he was being booked for DUI. The real cheap shot heard 'round the world, though, was his anti-Semitic rant. But Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe asks a good question: Why were there four times as many stories about Mel's ravings than about the recent shootings at the Seattle Jewish Federation?

Incident A involved a guy spewing crude anti-Semitic slurs when he was arrested for drunk driving; after sobering up, he publicly and profusely apologized. Incident B involved a Muslim gunman's premeditated assault on a prominent Jewish institution; his attack left one woman dead and sent five to the hospital, three of them in critical condition.

What will it take to cure America's addiction to celebrity dirt?