From the amount of attention paid by the mainstream media to golfer Tiger Woods’s fondness to blond bimbos, you’d think his screwing around is the top news story of the year.

O.J. Simpson didn’t get this much attention when he carved up his wife and a poor restaurant employee in the wrong place at the wrong time.

OK. Maybe that’s an exaggeration but the amount of attention paid to the infidelities of Tiger is both incredible and a sad commentary on this society’s fascination with celebrities.

Even MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann defends his attention to the Tiger story, saying Woods deserves all the attention and criticism because his image was carefully-crafted as holier-than-thou.

A strange hyprocrisy from the guy who once quit MSNBC because he got fed up with all the attention he says he was forced to give to the sexual activities of former President Bill Clinton.

So, Tiger screws around. Big deal. A lot of people do. Most who do lie about it, be they politicians, celebrities or the plumber next door.

Most polls say a majority of married people screw around on their wife or husband at least once in their lives.

It happens.

Yes, Woods had a carefully-crafted, Mr. Clean, all American boy image.

That’s all it was.

An image.

All American boys screw around too. So do all-American girls.

From all reports, Tiger Woods will pay dearly for his philandering. His wife gets a bigger share of his millions in a new pre-nuptial agreement. Various mistresses get big checks to keep them from kissing and telling. Some of his blue chip sponsors may take a hike.

That’s his problem, not ours.

Our problem comes in letting sports figures, celebrities, politicians or others become role models.

As a pop icon, Britney Spears was a role model for the teen and pre-teen girls. Her media-manufactured image included public statements about being a virgin and remaining that way until she married.

But Spears’ mother reveals the pop idol began drinking at 13, lost her cherry at 14 and starting messing around with drugs at 15.

Which might prompt some to ask: Who was Britney’s role model?

Personally, I don’t give a damn. I don’t care if she was screwing every stud on her high school football team or the entire 101st Airborne division.

Her sex life doesn’t affect the economy, the health care crisis or the war in Afghanistan.

Neither does the barbie-doll complex of Tiger Woods.

It ain’t news. So let’s move on.

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