Considering Sale & Pelletier undeservedly beat Elena & Anton at the 2000 Grand prix final and 2001 worlds, and even had two 1st place ordinals for a far inferior short program at SLC, politics most certainly heavily favored S&P always in their rivalry.
I am glad S&P these days are a vilified team who gets no respect. Just as they deserve. The only time they are even brought up is for their string of controversial wins over B&S, and the media fabricated controversy at the 2002 Games and their horrible sportsmanship. They arent even a top 20 pair team of all time. In the last 15 years alone Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze, Totmianina & Marinin, Volosozhar & Trankov, Savchenko & Szolkowy, and Shen & Zhao all would rank higher, so they arent even a top 5 pair team in the last only 15 years.