Ina & Dungen had a shaky lift in the short program although most of their other elements were very good, and their unision was by far the worst of all the top couples at the time. They also really lacked speed compared to the other top couples. 3rd place in the short program could have gone either way but it wasnt an unjustified result. Elena & Anton had also been the dominant pair that season, usually skating fans understand that gives you some benefit of doubt with judges (human beings, not robots) and accept it, but it seems Elena & Anton never get much benefit with alot of people.
The pro skating World was dead by the time both B&S and S&P turned pro anyway. I dont know how you can even judge them much. The only competitions were cheesy team competitions, one held in Canada and one held in the U.S, so easy to undestand who would have the political advantage in those. Both skated on Stars on Ice for years and were excellent show skaters. Of course S&P were more popular since they had been cast as the heroes and B&S as the villians to all of North America in the media milked SLC so called scandal.
I agree about S&P's posture leaving alot to be desired btw. Especialy his.