i suspect, that the amount of suspended publishers in the audience was unnaturally high.
what would active publishers want there? listen to the ole pr bull?
a suspended publisher would at least want to rant and learn ways how to be reinstated. what would one expect? google either sent canned responses to them or has abandoned conversation entirely. they long for personal contact. it wouldn't surprise me if many of them depend for their livelihoods on adsense. after all this is the last resort for those folks.