We must end this madness. This linguistic nightmare is a quote in a news article. Journalists have increasingly stopped omitting clutter words, and we sound all the more idiotic for it.
Please, let’s stop saying ‘like’ and ‘I don’t know.’ It makes even brilliant prose sound as if it came from a fumbling moron.
How about you get your prescriptivism out of the linguistics tag, please. Linguistics is a science concerned with observing and analyzing language without value judgments. Likewise, that quote is an accurate reflection of what somebody actually said, whether you like or it or not. That speaker doesn’t need to please you. Whether those words sound moronic or not is your opinion.
And also, to another prescriptivist you too sound like a moron for using quote as a noun, even though it’s a verb. Doesn’t that seem nitpicky and rude of me to be calling you idiotic because you used quote instead of quotation, even though you were only speaking naturally?
So I’m sorry you like, really get uncomfortable around speech that’s like different from yours, but that’s not good linguistics. And editing quotes is not good journalism.