I appreciate you spelling this out, and I do understand where this is coming from. Can I offer my perspective of this, having been in the pressers and seeing how multiple managers and coaches through my years have handled this? I'm talking about coaches from Saban to Issel, managers from La Russa to Matheny, Boles to Tracy, and so on.
The answers you get from managers/coaches when the press conference is being broadcast, sometimes live, are going to change the tone of those answers. That's just the truth. In the Zoom age, this was more pronounced because the team was also recording these pressers.
So some managers might see the broadcast presser as a chance to speak to the clubhouse (where it might be, you know, on TV) and regardless of the question will do so.
Hence, some answers that might sound like "happy talk."
What else would you expect a manager to do? The live/immediate broadcast don't allow for a pause to collect thoughts, don't allow for a moment to talk through an answer before arriving at an on the record one, and Zoom absolutely eliminated, for the most part, the back and forth between managers and reporters that get some of the better answers, though every so often several of us tried, and some times did get that back and forth.
La Russa was available to the writers away from the postgame pressers. That's why you would see answers in print, in the game stories, in the sidebars that you did not see on television. I'm sure you wondered how that was possible. That's how. Matheny was occasional available like that, though less and less so to me, and not at all during that final year or so. Shildt was available for questions/clarity away from the broadcast presser before the pandemic changed everything. Given the constraints that Zoom brought, he is available beyond the broadcasted/recorded presser.
I get where you're coming from. I do understand the need after a bad game to hear the manager say that was bad, and not offer some misdirection on commentary on the effort. It makes sense why you would take that as insulting because your eyes saw what he will not say.
That said, consider his side of the equation. He's got a camera on him and more than fans are watching. I was struck this season by how often Shildt made it clear what the team needed from him, from the players, and from the front office in his comments.
For me, I welcome the explanations. I welcome the chance to ask a question and get a respectful answer that provides details of how the manager arrived at a move or a decision or saw the game come undone. If he wraps those explanations in compliments to the team, that's OK, that's expected, that's his role as a leader/face of the team, and I'm cool with that because in my career I've been on the other end of it -- where the coach/manager does not feel the fans or, specifically, the reporters deserve an explanation.
Again, that's my view.