Earlier this year MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell was in a horrific car accident while visiting the Virgin Islands with his older brother Michael. They were in a cab when a drunk driver slammed into them, leaving Michael with a broken femur and Lawrence with a broken hip. Both of them needed immediate surgery, which wasn't available at the hospital where their x-rays were taken. Executives at NBC did everything they could to get both of them to the United States as quickly as possible. Lawrence ended up at a hospital in New York City. That hospital, is funded by
the evil David Koch.
"The first words that I saw when I was rolled into that hospital were the words 'David H. Koch.' Yes, that David Koch," O'Donnell said on his show.
David Koch is the brother of Charles Koch and the two are regularly vilified by the far left and by Majority Leader Harry Reid as the worst humans to ever walk the earth because they donate money to conservative causes. In fact, the left hates the Kochs so much, they've actually protested hospitals that are funded by them. Luckily, O'Donnell isn't doing the same and instead took time out of his first show back on air to show his appreciation for the good Koch money has provided to hundreds of people, including himself.
"Now brace yourselves please for the first positive words said about David Koch on this program. I agree with Harry Reid's critique of the Koch Brother's contributions to American politics but that is not the only thing they contribute to. They have give $100 million to the Lincoln Center. They have given huge amounts of money to medical research and treatment. David Koch has given over $25 million to the hospital that put me and many other men, women and children back together, people with much worse injuries than I had," O'Donnell said. "David Koch's money helped make their hospital experience a better one and that is a very very good thing."
The relevant portion of the video starts at 3:50.
Although it's disappointing to see O'Donnell justify Harry Reid's abuse of power and attacks on the Koch Brothers "in politics," his reflection about his experience is refreshing and appreciated.
On another note, I wonder when O'Donnell will realize emergency surgery and hospitals like the one he recovered in don't exist anywhere else but the United States of America. Hospitals funded by people like David Koch don't operate in countries with socialized medicine because it's impossible to do so, yet O'Donnell wonders why the Koch's are against Obamacare? We can hope he'll have a change of heart on that, too.
H/T Noah Rothman