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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The White House press secretary scolded the host of ``Politically Incorrect'' Wednesday for calling some past U.S. military actions cowardly.

The host, Bill Maher, said on his show last week: ``We have been the cowards lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away. That's cowardly,'' Bill Maher said on the show last week.

Then, referring to terrorists who hijacked four jetliners and crashed them Sept. 11, Maher said: ``Staying in the airplane when it hits the building, say what you want about it, it's not cowardly.''

Maher later apologized ``to anyone who took it wrong,'' and said his comments were aimed at political leaders.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said he remained troubled by the remark.

``It's a terrible thing to say, and it's unfortunate,'' Fleischer said. ``There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is.''