- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell returned to his show “Last Word” on Monday night after recovering from a car accident, offering thanks to his political foe, David Koch, for contributing to the hospital that took such good care of him.

Mr. O'Donnell took a 75-day hiatus after he broke his hip in multiple places and injured his legs in a car accident during a vacation in the British Virgin Islands, Politico reported.

“The first words I saw when I rolled into the hospital was the name David H. Koch. Yes, that David Koch,” he said Monday. “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.”

Mr. O'Donnell was treated at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where Mr. Koch is on the board of trustees.

“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,” he said, Politico reported. “And so, yes, I feel some gratitude to David Koch.”

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