Still, there’s something about the Chandlers’ selling the Timesto the Trib that’s different from Lew Wasserman’s selling MCA to Seagram or Peter O’Malley’s selling the Dodgers to Fox. For the Chandlers are protagonists in the civic epic of Los Angeles, as O’Malley or Louis Mayer or Ben Weingart or Asa Call never can be. They shaped and reshaped this city, for worse but also for better, more than any other private citizens in L.A. history. Finally, that’s what rankles about this sale: It upsets no moral code, no political balance, but it violates every mythic convention we know. Aeneas did not bleed his army white in the campaign to establish Rome, only to sell Rome off to Carthage when the price was right.