Quarter after quarter, the publisher of the best (though flawed) newspaper in the country posts dismal results. Like clockwork, management offers a plethora of excuses and today's quarterly results were no different. The company posted a net loss of $74.5 million, or 52 cents. A year earlier, the New York Times Co. broke even. Excluding one-time items, it would have lost 34 cents. Revenue plunged 18.6 percent to $609 million. Wall Street gave a thumbs down to the results, sending NYT's shares reeling.