Darcie Green’s state Assembly campaign sent an email blast to supporters last week noting it is in a “fight,” which is an interesting choice of words considering her husband’s violent past. But not everyone, among them the San Jose Mercury News, seems keen on acknowledging this and other ugly truths. In a recent post to its political blog, the newspaper completely ignored Rick Alexander Green’s domestic violence convictions and instead focused on a rumor that state Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) tried to get Darcie fired from her government affairs job with Kaiser Permanente. She’s currently taking an unpaid leave of absence to campaign full time. Reporter Ramona Giwargis writes in her post that the rumor is just that, and it’s only coming from Darcie’s people. Beall flatly denied the accusations. The timing of the story appears an obvious attempt by Camp Darcie to change the conversation—they’ve been floating the story for months—and cast her as a victim. But it also suggests the Merc has swallowed the hook and the sinker and has no intention of giving its readers the raw truth. Last August, the Greens got engaged in a “surprise” proposal on the main stage of San Jose Summer Jazz Fest, which happened to be sponsored by Kaiser. But in San Jose Inside’s recent reporting on Darcie’s husband, it came to light that the couple actually got married a month prior in Nevada. The publicity stunt worked like a charm, as the Merc’s Sal Pizarro led off a column recounting how it “slowly dawned on Green what was happening.” Rather than admit it was hoodwinked by the Greens, like most everyone else, the daily paper remains suspended in denial. Rick, however, appears to be addressing some of his past mistakes. On Monday, he spoke at a Martin Luther King Jr. Stop the Violence rally, before singing love songs in Spanish.