Why does the New York Times leave pause words in quotes from Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

All human beings use pause words such as “uh” and “um” and “er” and “like” and “hey” and “mmmm”. The New York Times routinely edits these out of any quotes they attribute to a politician. But they made the decision to include “like” in quotes from AOC:

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s colleagues are, for the most part, farther removed from the virus’s daily toll, which has only heightened the alienation she felt when she arrived on Capitol Hill last year. “I have, like, existential crises over it,” she said.

Myself and so many others would like to see more people like her in Congress:

It is not the same for many members of Congress, a world far from the shuttered taquerias, overrun emergency rooms and refrigerator trucks doubling as makeshift morgues that sit within a few miles of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s home in the Bronx. The disconnected reality contributes to her sense of feeling misunderstood by her colleagues, something she felt well before the virus ravaged her district.

“I felt like my colleagues were making opinions about me based on Fox News,” she said. “It almost felt like instead of them actually talking to the person who was next to them, and physically present in front of them, they were consuming me through television. And I think that added a lot to the particular loneliness that I experienced.”

Hopefully, in 2020, we can end her loneliness by electing a few more real progressives to Congress.