The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is backing out of holding its mid-winter conference in South Carolina after one of its U.S. representatives accused President Barack Obama of lying during the president's congressional address on health care.
"Rep. [Joe] Wilson's remarks were racist, disrespectful and a disingenuous violation -- not only of President Obama -- but to the institution of the presidency and only solidified our position and the importance in not spending Black dollars where Black people are not respected," NNPA Chairman Danny J. Bakewell Sr. said in a statement.
The news of the NNPA boycott of South Carolina was reported by EurWeb. A call placed to the offices of the NNPA was not immediately returned.
News accounts are identifying NNPA as a black organization. Fine, but that hasn't prevented them from dumb decisions.
UPDATE: Something is fishy with this story -- I just checked the web site of the NNPA (here) and there is nothing about a mid-winter conference. No press release about canceling the conference. I have a little experience with conferences like this; they are planned far in advance and most organizations wouldn't cancel a conference just weeks before it was scheduled without some circumstances that required it -- like not enough people were coming. I think there is a lot more to this story than these classically trained journalists with high ethical standards have disclosed yet.