After getting treatment in a Koch-funded hospital, MSNBC host has total change of heart

posted at 10:41 am on June 25, 2014 by Noah Rothman

On Monday, MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell returned to the network after spending several weeks recovering from a motor vehicle accident in which he broke his hip in multiple places and sustained a variety of other injuries. While O’Donnell appeared totally healed from his ordeal, he came back a changed man on at least one issue: the Koch brothers.

In an emotional monologue, O’Donnell opened up about the taxi accident that sent him and his brother to a hospital – a hospital which he praised profusely. That facility was the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where David Koch is on the board of trustees. In 2009, he donated $25 million to that medical facility.

“The first words I saw when I rolled into the hospital was the name David H. Koch. Yes, that David Koch,” O’Donnell said. “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 brothers’ contributions to American politics, but that is not the only thing they contribute to.”

“You can be outraged by what the Koch brothers do with their money in politics and you can appreciate what they contribute to hospitals and medical research, and you can do that at the same time and still retain an ability to function,” the MSNBC host continued.

The host grew emotional as he talked about his recovery and the medical professionals who walked him through that process. “Yes, I feel some gratitude to David Koch,” O’Donnell confirmed.

O’Donnell may say that he supports Reid’s attack on the Kochs, but all he seems to agree with is the general distaste for their political spending. He does not seem to agree that the Kochs are “un-American” or a “cult,” though he may still believe they are “one of the main causes” of climate change.

When you’ve lost Lawrence O’Donnell, Jon Stewart, and the editorial staff of Mother Jones magazine, perhaps it is time to rethink your grand strategy.


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Couldn’t happen to a bigger thug.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

He is still a lunatic like the vast majority of liberals…

mnjg on June 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Was he gone?

MTF on June 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

It’s almost as if reality is more complex than the right/left political sh*tshow.

Good Lt on June 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

So the Koch hospitals install mind control devices!

/leftard

gwelf on June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

They had a dream and it transitioned into a nightmare.

It’s all on topic any more.

Lawrence O’Donnell lives and the Republic is dead.

Schadenfreude on June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

See, all conservatives have to do is give millions of dollars to things that will personally help a libtard and they will almost say something nice about you.

Flange on June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

He should share his recipe for all that crow that he’s eating…

bimmcorp on June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Larry Larry Larry, perhaps you are unaware that while you were under anesthesia, the Koch’s injected you with the AIDS virus that Reagan created.

That’s what KKKonservatives do, they kill and slaughter and maim and cover themselves in innocent blood.

Bishop on June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Was he gone?

MTF on June 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Indeed, I hadn’t realized he had been off the air, either. But, nice to see him acknowledge the good things they do with their largesse.

changer1701 on June 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

He’s missing the obvious point about the Kochs:

For people that believe in small government, they sure do put their money where their mouths are.

blammm on June 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

“You can be outraged by what the Koch brothers do with their money in politics and you can appreciate what they contribute to hospitals and medical research, and you can do that at the same time and still retain an ability to function”

So, O’Donnell has confirmed that he’s still obsessed with the Koch brothers, and that he’s still an idiot. I see no “change of heart” – only a slight reworking of the same old rhetoric. This “change” will be short-lived, if O’Donnell wants to keep his job at MSNBC.

Pork-Chop on June 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Yeah, and one day if he gets cancer, it may be research paid for by the Kochs that saves his life. At least he’s smart enough to understand that, smarter than the idiot union employees at another hospital who protested a Koch donation.
O’Donnell is a hateful nasty person, but I’m glad he’s healed up well.

juliesa on June 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

But here’s the kicker folks: He STILL agrees with Harry Reid’s rhetoric on the Koch brothers and STILL supports government take-over of our health-care system.

Frank T.J Mackey on June 25, 2014 at 10:50 AM

OT

RIP Eli Wallach. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I wasn’t aware that Mr. O’Donnell had been in an accident. I am glad to see that he has recovered.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 10:53 AM

If O’Donnell has really changed, he needs to bring on the New York City hospital worker union officials who were out protesting David Koch’s $100 million donation to N.Y. Presbyterian Hospital back in March. How the MSNBC audience would take a show host not named Joe Scarborough nailing some of their own people for irrational hatred is open to question, but having a vast majority of them calling Larry a sellout to the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy would be a pretty good guess.

jon1979 on June 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Didn’t even know he had been in an accident and was off TV for a while. Now I understand why we haven’t seen anything about this knucklehead the last month or so. I’m glad he has made it back, and has a greater appreciation for how the Koch bros philanthropy helps the common good.

forheremenaremen on June 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM

So he’s against free speech for Republicans but in favor of his own personal medical care being paid for by Republicans. Nothing to see here.

MTF on June 25, 2014 at 10:57 AM

He is not contrite – he is still a major tool. If he lived by his libtard principals he should have refused to be treated at A Koch sponsored hospital and should have been happy to accept the treatment Obamacare will afford all the other peons he so loudly champions.

DeweyWins on June 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

So, the pro-abort all-Rothman HotGas show is here to tell us an MSNBC professional denouncer isn’t such a bad guy after all.

Got it.

M240H on June 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

He needs to shave the beard because now he’ll be mistaken for Rachel Maddow.

portlandon on June 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

And there were no Death Panels there, either.

formwiz on June 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Isn’t un-American to call any American un-American? But that’s how the left operates

I agree with Harry Reid’s critique of the Koch brothers’ contributions to American politics

so that means your still a duche.

phatfawzi on June 25, 2014 at 11:01 AM

He looks pretty good for a frontal lobotamy!

Sven on June 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Essentially it is okay to hate the Kochs when their politics doesn’t match your own, but it’s okay to take their dirty money for your own needs when it’s convenient.

s1im on June 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

host has total change of heart

They removed the black heart?

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faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Essentially it is okay to hate the Kochs when their politics doesn’t match your own, but it’s okay to take their dirty money for your own needs when it’s convenient.

s1im on June 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM

liberalism summed up in one sentence. Nicely done.

HumpBot Salvation on June 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

David Koch has apparently helped cure more people than Obamacare.

Steve Z on June 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

His hypocrisy will eventually cause him mental problems as if being a liberal hasn’t done his mind a lot of damage already. Not to worry though. The Kochs support a lot of mental institutions as well.

HotAirian on June 25, 2014 at 11:11 AM

It’s nice to see liberals lies debunked. The truth always wins in the end …

Whitey Ford on June 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

He’s missing the obvious point about the Kochs:

For people that believe in small government, they sure do put their money where their mouths are.

blammm on June 25, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Yes, while he was laid up, he should have spent his time reading up on libertarianism and trying to understand why his, and his hero Obama’s, belief in an all-powerful, all-controlling government is the real problem, not the Koch brothers’ beliefs in limited government. Although perhaps he would have needed to receive his medical care in a VA hospital before that message finally sunk through his addled brain.

AZCoyote on June 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM

This slime deserves no positive coverage whatsoever

bluegill on June 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

He looks pretty good for a frontal lobotamy!

Sven on June 25, 2014 at 11:02 AM

He was given the option of a bottle in front of him or a frontal lobotomy, he chose the frontal lobotomy. It’s so much easier to not see that smidgen of corruption in the Obamanation Administration once you have had that frontal lobotomy.

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

It’s sad that this leech had to obtain a personal benefit before he saw the good in it for others.

Armyspouse on June 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Essentially it is okay to hate the Kochs when their politics doesn’t match your own, but it’s okay to take their dirty money for your own needs when it’s convenient.

It’s a “Do as I say, not as I do” like moment for him.

The liberal whining or should I say the Harry Reid and MSNBC whining is all based on their opposition to President Obama’s economic policies. Nothing else really. The Koch’s spend the bulk on their money on promoting art, education, music, science, and medical research. Their political activism is mainly about raising money and calling others to action.

Frank T.J Mackey on June 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

So, the pro-abort all-Rothman HotGas show is here to tell us an MSNBC professional denouncer isn’t such a bad guy after all.

Got it.

M240H on June 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Noah has a different idea of “change of heart” than most thinking people, and obviously, he’s a big fan of O’Donnell – unlike most thinking people.

Pork-Chop on June 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Are they sure that it was his heart. Liberals have very dark places that they call their heart. Lost souls. Only full repentance and Christ can change their heart.

crosshugger on June 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Well, if the Koch brothers contribute to a hospital, it’s only because they’re trying to cover up what they REALLY want – which is for people to receive no treatment of any kind, lying in the gutter injured and screaming in pain.
Signed – The Left
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TarheelBen on June 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

It’s too bad he found himself in a Koch-funded medical facility instead of a Koch-owned funeral home after his accident.

oceansidecon on June 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Well, they turned down $10 million elsewhere.

http://nypost.com/2014/06/24/brooklyn-college-spurns-10m-grant-from-koch-brothers/

Ben Hur on June 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM

He needs to shave the beard because now he’ll be mistaken for Rachel Maddow.

portlandon on June 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Now that right there is funny. Thanks Port – I needed the laugh.

DeweyWins on June 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Maybes he saw the light!!!

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

All the others healed and saved there didn’t count…until he joined their ranks? Good to know.

Christien on June 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Anyone know how many hospitals Tom Steyer contributes vast amounts of money and is on their board of trustees? We know he ranks really high on the list of spenders on political causes.

TulsAmerican on June 25, 2014 at 11:25 AM

He’s lucky he didn’t languish on a secret waiting list.

Christien on June 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It was a traumatic incident. Leftists base their beliefs in feelings and emotion. He’ll come back around.

forest on June 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Healed his hip but not his mind.

chuckh on June 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

What a bunch of pretentious self-important whining. This is news? This guy compares himself to Walter Cronkite?

It was a car accident in the Bahamas dude. Get over it. I’d have been surprised if you DIDN’T get into a car accident there, the way those savages drive.

We’ve got guys in the military that are walking into meat grinders without a moment’s hesitation solely because politicians in Washington are worried about ‘optics.’ And you’re upset because your tropical vacation was a bit of a bummer?

Homo. Screw you. I wish you died.

WhatSlushfund on June 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

This guy compares himself to Walter Cronkite?

WhatSlushfund on June 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

We3ll, Walter Cronkite was a Marxist stooge working for the KGB, so O’Donnell probably does have a lot in common with Cronkite.

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I wonder what he has to say about 100 day waiting lists at the VA now?

faraway on June 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

…give him time…he’ll be back to ‘normal’!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

You can repair a broken hip, but you can fix stupid.

sadatoni on June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Like I have said all along. Keep up with the Koch Brothers meme. They pay very well indeed.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

“You can be outraged by what the Koch brothers do with their money in politics and you can appreciate what they contribute to hospitals and medical research, and you can do that at the same time and still retain an ability to function,” the MSNBC host continued.

1. That kind of implies you were functioning beforehand, which is debatable.

2. No, you really can’t. It all boils down to private citizens spending their discretionary income where they damn well please.

3. What, exactly, do the Kochs do that would drive you to be “outraged?” Are they outrage-inducing merely because they do not subscribe to your political beliefs? Is that a crime now?

Maddie on June 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Why didn’t he insist on being taken to George Soros’ hospital?

Maddie on June 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

When you’ve lost Lawrence O’Donnell

so he says he agrees with sitting senators personally attacking citizens by name and you say that???

dmacleo on June 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s sad it tookpersonal suffering to induce any perception of the Koch’s humanity. That it is what is fundamentally wrong with extremists. They can’t empathize with the Other, even if they decry that exact thing.

ctwelve on June 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Another MSDNC post. So Noah’s been writing for hotair for 2 weeks now (google search for Jun 9 – today) . One of his earliest posts was a hit piece on Dave Brat, with Noah riffing off a deceptively-edited MSNBC attack by Chuck Todd.

Bad sign: Cantor’s vanquisher surprised MSNBC host isn’t just celebrating his victory

Since then, Noah’s written about MSNBC at least a dozen times, and CNN almost as much. Noah’s trolled more successfully for MSNBC/CNN at hotair than the five viewers who actually watch those networks on TV. A bizarre theme of Noah’s is that Hillary Clinton is vulnerable to attacks from the left.

See here:

Hillary’s NPR interview exposes cracks in her support from mainstream left

and

Hillary exposes a lot of room to her left in cable news marathon

In the meantime, how much coverage has our esteemed media critic given to the most watched cable news channel, y’know, the one that is actually relevant and has more viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined? Well, he does have this post which attacks Cheney from the left:
Megyn Kelly makes the Cheneys answer for being ‘wrong’ on Iraq

So there’s that.

sauldalinsky on June 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Why didn’t he insist on being taken to George Soros’ hospital?

Maddie on June 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

He’s afraid they would steal his Gold fillings?

slickwillie2001 on June 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Insufferable gas bag attempts to inoculate self against future charges of ingratitude and hypocrisy. Nobody falls for it – almost.

ROCnPhilly on June 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Just another dumb liberal who benefits from the same people and institutions that they rail against. F*ck him.

2lbsTest on June 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Re: O’Donnell and basically all libs–”it’s all about me, me, me, and me! If it benefits me, it’s good.”

Re: Koch–the same qualities of judgment that support medical and other humanitarian causes probably motivate all of their spending.

Ay Uaxe on June 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

He couldn’t just say, “Thank you”?

Lance Corvette on June 25, 2014 at 12:31 PM

O’Donnell is only capable of backhanded praise after somebody saved his quality of life, and even THEN he STILL cries about their “evil” political stance.

Leftists are all on par with 4yr olds…spoiled, petulant children, every last one of them.

Sometimes the very BEST thing they can say, is nothing at all.

a5minmajor on June 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Lawrence who?

So he has to have a brush with death to have a smidgen of rational thought enter his conscious?

Midas on June 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

O’Donnell may say that he supports Reid’s attack on the Kochs, but all he seems to agree with is the general distaste for their political spending. He does not seem to agree that the Kochs are “un-American” or a “cult,” though he may still believe they are “one of the main causes” of climate change.

The cognitive dissonance remains when the liberal to the bone TV “reader” still thinks the Kochs can cause climate change. Perhaps what he needs is a solid thump on his “thick” head to make things more clear. Some liberal tools will never have that ” come to Jesus moment”.

Bakokitty on June 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

You celebrate your little victories when get them. Good for O’Donnell for talking about this in public.

Furthermore, little victories can lead to bigger ones. I’ve had many friends who started off as very left wing and watched them change to libertarians, and then finally to self-identified conservatives. It may not happen with O’Donnell, but still, this is something to be pleased about. That he still says he hates the Kochs’ politics doesn’t concern me in the least. No one likes to eat so much humble pie in one sitting. I guarantee you that in his heart of hearts, he has softened to the Kochs in every regard.

Nomennovum on June 25, 2014 at 12:54 PM

You can repair a broken hip, but you can fix stupid.

sadatoni on June 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

That is the comment of the day!

Bakokitty on June 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Just another dumb liberal who benefits from the same people and institutions that they rail against. F*ck him.

2lbsTest on June 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Also, they don’t seem to mind guys like Soros and Buffet financing their insane agenda. He had to agree with Reid, on the record, so that he could remain in the good graces of the lunatic left.

cajunpatriot on June 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Was he gone?

MTF on June 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Me, too. I would have never known since I’m one of the few of the millions upon millions that don’t watch his network. He’s still a committed socialist, though, isn’t he? So, how does that level with his belief in government sponsored health care?

HiJack on June 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Also, they don’t seem to mind guys like Soros and Buffet financing their insane agenda. He had to agree with Reid, on the record, so that he could remain in the good graces of the lunatic left keep his job.

cajunpatriot on June 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Fixed.

HiJack on June 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

So… it takes a real emergency trip to ONE of the hospitals supported by the Kochs for a socialist propaganda purveyor to discover that they do humanitarian work? Wow, I certain all of this information was hidden from Larry when he could do nothing but rag on the Kochs. What a self serving, CYA move to deflect any accusations of hypocrisy. Real big of you, Larry.

ghostwalker1 on June 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

“You can be outraged by what the Koch brothers do with their money in politics

While at the same time being okay with what democrat billionaires do with their money in politics. Clearly the accident didn’t knock much sense into him.

xblade on June 25, 2014 at 1:35 PM

This guy compares himself to Walter Cronkite?

WhatSlushfund on June 25, 2014 at 11:40 AM

We3ll, Walter Cronkite was a Marxist stooge working for the KGB, so O’Donnell probably does have a lot in common with Cronkite.

oscarwilde on June 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM

All true. But it’s a pretty stunning display of narcissism for him to compare his car accident to the assassination of a US President.

WhatSlushfund on June 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

David Koch has apparently helped cure more people than Obamacare.

Steve Z on June 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

IMO David Koch did a lot more good with $25 million than the Federal government has done with $1 trillion and counting…

Private charity work succeeds in helping people without stripping them of their freedoms.

Government ‘assistance’ is similar to putting people in a box and covering them with packing material, then sealing it up. There is some safety there, but not much freedom. If they ever try to get out of the box the system will punish them (with a baby, or something).

s1im on June 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM

He’s still an a-hole.

mchristian on June 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Was he gone?

MTF on June 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I’m still trying to figure out who he is.

Shambhala on June 25, 2014 at 2:35 PM

To the guy who t-boned Larry’s car. Thanks, but next time use more gas pedal.

papertiger on June 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM

This sounds like it was his road to Damascus moment.

PattyJ on June 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Another Liberal raped by reality.

That’s how my conversion from the Left came about.

Augustinian on June 25, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Capitalism Saves Lives. Even the lives of Leftist A-holes.

Dino V on June 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Typical “Liberal” – doesn’t give a rats heinie until it effects him directly.

KMC1 on June 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Oh, and remind me again, what has Nancy Air Force Pelosi or Dingy Harry done with their millions to help people!???

KMC1 on June 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

I gave up at “I was a kid at Saint Blah-blah-blah-oink-oink-oink-buck-buck-buck-buh-CAW!”

What a gigantic waste of DNA.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 25, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Give the guy some credit. He could have just forgotten who paid for his treatment and kept on saying crazy things about the Kochs. His audience (does he have an audience?) wouldn’t care

Mahna Mahna on June 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM

It must rub liberals raw every week when they see that Nova on PBS is supported by large grants from the – gasp – the Koch Brothers Trust.

in_awe on June 25, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Just about says it for me:

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khyfYITIhV0

Zaire67 on June 25, 2014 at 5:36 PM

Why didn’t the rabid Marxist head straight for Cuba’s great medical system?

RJL on June 25, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Should have sent Crazy Larry to Cuba for treatment. Maggot.

Jaibones on June 26, 2014 at 12:06 AM

So the 25 people who watch msnbc (all of whom are on the staff of FOX and HA) listened to this and no one else gives a rats a$$ because no one else watches the crap msnbc produces.

Why does HA continue to gives these idiots a platform?

earlgrey on June 26, 2014 at 11:04 AM