I really do think that had more to do with COP than anything. Once you have it from a caller that Kwan did low-level elements, there's not much for judges to do. I also think she was being hit with punitive scores for not doing the GP series for three seasons in a row (yes I know she did Skate America in 2002, but she qualified for the GPF and didn't do it), and there was some negativity about her lack of transitions (although I really didn't think the ladies in general had much in terms of transitions and Plushenko was the king of figure skating during that time and we all know where he stands on that). Don't forget that Kwan also got a slew of 6.0s for her five-triple Worlds 2004 performance (more 6.0s than Arakawa and Cohen in the presentation mark), overtaking Cohen's LP despite the fact that I think Kwan did less triples than Cohen and her spins were simpler and being one judge away from winning the LP. Of course, Kwan got a boost from the keeping it together after the "streaker" incident and it being the final Worlds under the 6.0 system.