You can try and make that argument for the cable channel, but for the locals, no. It is obviously tribunes fault in this instance, and in full. I don't really say that usually, but this is the exception to the rule. Local stations are free, and they should be thrilled if they are able to get any money for them at all, and should take what they can get and run. There is also zero excuse for them forcing the stations down while negotiating, when obviously they where very close to a deal. It was obviously a negotiating tactic by tribune, or most likely their creditors that have no legal say in the matter as of yet anyway, as can be seen in the emails sent to DIRECTV form tribune in the FCC complaint.
I know that everyone here is saying that the locals should not ask for compensation but they have the legal right to and they do indeed command a fee in the marketplace. whether we like it or not it is simply a reality.