Yes, these examples are unfortunate and I wish Red Hat did not go down the obfuscation path for RHEL (actually, I don't know why Oracle don't just buy Red Hat instead and have the real thing - they are a public company after all).
Red Hat do develop the trunk in the open (Fedora), make sure that things do build and that there are real releases out there every 6 months. Community has plenty of influence and it's not like RHEL is an entirely different thing to Fedora.
You know, people cannot complain that Fedora is the perpetual alpha/beta of RHEL and that RHEL is not developed in the open at the same time. These things are mutually exclusive. What is true is that RHEL is a branch of Fedora. Once the branch is taken, the development is taken essentially in house - that much is true.
But, my point was and still is something else. It is the commitment and expertise that counts. The engineering resources, the contract with OEMs and ISVs, the financial capacity and most importantly a stable strategic direction.