As soon as I posted the item I felt something was fishy.
I went to the NNPA web site (here), and things got even more suspicious. I couldn't find any mention of a mid-winter conference at all -- in South Carolina or anywhere else. The only upcoming event posted on the site is a "Champions Reception" in Washington DC in September. There is nothing on the site about the supposed press release. Normally these organizations post their press releases but the NNPA site had nothing.
And the whole matter of the South Carolina boycott seemed odd: the boycott of South Carolina has been in effect 10 years. Why would the NNPA plan a conference in South Carolina in defiance of the boycott?
Same goes for the web site of the Black Press USA, which is connected to the NNPA (site here). This site posted an article saying the organization was considering holding the conference in North Carolina.
There might be reasonable explanations for these questions.
So I emailed president Danny Bakewell Sr. An excerpt of the email:
Hello, I'm wondering if you could provide some additional details about the mid-winter South Carolina conference that has been canceled.
- where was the conference scheduled (city and hotel)?
- why would your organization schedule a conference in South Carolina, if you have been supporting the boycott of South Carolina which began in 1999?
- why is there no information about the mid-winter conference on the NNPA website?
- how many attendees did you expect at the mid-winter conference?
This looks to me like the NNPA wanted to assist the Democrats in DC and focus attention on Joe Wilson instead of Obama Care, and they issued a hoax press release.
But as I say, my instincts could be completely wrong and the NNPA may have legitimately canceled a planned conference. I'll let you know the response from Bakewell.