Post titles in attributes

In pretty much every theme, there is something that looks like this:

<a href="<?php the_permalink(); ?>" title="<?php echo esc_attr( sprintf( __( 'Permalink to %s', 'twentythirteen' ), the_title_attribute( 'echo=0' ) ) ); ?>" rel="bookmark"><?php the_title(); ?></a>

My question: Is “Permalink to (title of post)” a WordPress anachronism that, by being a redundant title attribute, actually harms accessibility?