What if the video of Dennis the K. carousing with Las Vegas-caliber showgirls at his over-the-top party had never surfaced on the evening news? What if The Journal never published the laundry list of conspicuously consumed decorating items? What if the high-livin ex-CEO of Tyco committed massive fraud, but the details of his excessive lifestyle never made it into the mainstream media. Would he have been as harshly judged? The court of public opinion has handed down its verdict.