Here are a few phrases that make me want to grab scissors and snip the words from a magazine or a book:
* Needless to say . . . Then why say or write it?
* There is no doubt that . . . If that's true, just write the statement. (Did you notice I used just? Here is a place where the word holds meaning. I could have written simply.)
* As a matter of fact . . . Occasionally I've seen it written: As a matter of actual fact . . . In the second example, I assume it's for emphasis, but actual and fact say the same thing.
Like weeding a garden,
I delete words and expressions that mar the beauty of my prose.