I don't think Kwan and Lipinski is really that great of an example.
In 1996-1997, Kwan beat Tara Lipinski in Trophee Lalique. Then Kwan had her Nationals mishap where Lipinski beat her domestically. Then at the CSF, Lipinski beat Kwan again taking advantage of Kwan's sub-par skate. At Worlds, Lipinski skated a great SP and won that portion while Kwan had a mandatory deduction on her Lutz combo. In the LP, the international judges marked Kwan first by a 6-3 split.
In 1997-1998, Lipinski lost to Kwan unanimously in the SP and LP at Skate America (although it must be said that Lipinski fell in the LP). International judges preferred Kwan that time. Then the International judges liked Lipinski again in the GPF. At Nationals, Lipinski fell in the SP, while Kwan had an out-of-this world SP and LP to beat Tara. At the Olympics, Kwan won the SP 8-1 while Lipinski won the LP 6-3.
I don't think there was really any difference in the way domestic judges and international judges scored Kwan and Lipinski. Now, if you're saying who got the most positive press leading to the Olympics, that's different. However, both skaters were heavily promoted when they were still developing as juniors by the USFSA.