New York Times Columnist Faces Backlash for Complaining About Airport Meal

New York Times columnist David Brooks was roasted online when he complained about the cost of a meal at Newark Airport on September 20th. 

Sharing a photo of a burger, fries, and a partly consumed drink on a popular social media platform, Brooks exclaimed, “This meal just cost me $78 at Newark Airport. This is why Americans think the economy is terrible.”

However, Twitter sleuths quickly debunked Brooks’ claims. A Community Note below the photo pointed out that the meal, consisting of a burger and fries, actually cost $17 at the Smokehouse Restaurant in Newark Airport Terminal A. 

What Brooks failed to mention was that the majority of his $78 bill was attributed to the alcoholic beverages he had consumed.

The restaurant has called him out, saying that 80% of his bill was actually his bar tab. They’ve also made the most out of the situation — Brooks’ tweet has been viewed over 30 million times as of this writing — by releasing the D Brooks special or a meal consisting of a burger, fries, and a double shot of whiskey for just $17.78.

Brooks, who’s not new to being roasted online for saying things he should’ve probably thought more about, has not said anything on the platform formerly known as Twitter since the incident.

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