HBO's "Recount" Rips Open 2000 Wounds

Wounds from the Florida recount, still healing for many Democrats, are being ripped open again for some prominent former advisers to Al Gore. They say that a coming HBO film dramatizing the ballot battle after the 2000 election unfairly blames them for the Democrats' failure to secure the White House.

Warren Christopher, the former secretary of state who served as the public face of the Gore team in the early days of the recount effort, said this week that he believed the film, "Recount," was "pure fiction" in its portrayal of him as a weak strategist unprepared to stand up to the aggressive tactics of James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state who was the chief Republican adviser.

William M. Daley, Mr. Gore's campaign chairman, who helped to lead the Democratic recount team in Florida, said the film created misperceptions about the Gore team's decision-making process. Mr. Gore, who oversaw the team from Washington, is largely absent from the film.