kerrey.jpgNEW YORK- Former presidential contenders Gary Hart and Bob Kerrey on Wednesday weighed in on media coverage of the 2008 U.S. presidential race, agreeing that certain weaknesses in contemporary coverage are the result of the prolific new forms of media while others are simply timeless.

Hart, who sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988, said he wished media outlets would send reporters with specialized expertise to cover candidates delivering major policy speeches.

“Do not send your political reporter to cover the speech. Send your foreign policy reporter or your economic reporter or your defense reporter,” said Hart, whose second presidential bid was derailed by a sex scandal.

Hart, a former Democratic senator from Colorado, and Kerrey, a former Democratic  senator from Nebraska, appeared at a press forum in New York sponsored by the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, The New Yorker and Conde Nast Publications.

Kerrey, who ran for president in 1992, said his biggest frustration with the mehart2.jpgdia was “short memories.”