Yes, that is a much more polite and, on the basis of listening to most of Brasington's talks and reading a bit of his writing, probably more accurate interpretation. But I think you must admit that there are many hucksters and mountebanks out there.
Thanks for posting the link to the Vimalaramsi thread. I'm sorry I missed it. I did a search a few months ago on Vimalaramsi but came up empty handed. I thought his history of Buddaghosa was interesting, but I am hardly qualifed to jusge its accuracy. I do have a more fundamental question, though. Vimalaramsi frequently claims to bypass the "commentaries," preferring to consult the suttas for authentication. But, in the process, he is injecting his own interpretation. And the Tipitika was written down some four or five centuries after the Buddha's death. So what is the "real" authority? I don't think the arguments of Pali scholars help a lot given the provenance of the Tipitika itself.
It seems to me that even the word of the Buddha is not the final touchstone, but how well X works for me. That said, it is interesting to know what has worked for others. And, as I mentioned to Jhana4, claims are one thing and delivery of the goods is quite another.
Do the best you can with what you have to work with.