Journalist Brian West is under intense scrutiny from the online community of Swifties after landing a high-profile job at Gannett

While there is no real animosity between the internet and journalist Brian West, there are many questions about what his new role as the official correspondent for Taylor Swift at Gannett will truly entail.

The Gannett network of newspapers hired the 35-year-old West as their dedicated Swift reporter for USA Today, ending a search that began with a viral job posting in September.

Hundreds of people, including experienced news journalists and White House correspondents, applied for this role, according to Michael Anastasi, Gannett's vice president for local news, as reported by Variety. The job posting sought a journalist who could "reflect Taylor Swift's music and cultural influence." This announcement came as Taylor Swift continues to dominate headlines, from her highly successful Eras Tour (and subsequent concert film) to recent buzz surrounding her relationship with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

However, the news of West's hiring, announced on Monday in a Variety article and in the Tennesseean newspaper in Nashville, was met with skepticism on the internet, both among journalists and Swifties.

Some expressed doubts about Gannett hiring a self-proclaimed Swiftie and hope that West's reporting will hold the most influential woman in pop culture accountable. Many were disappointed that a man was hired to cover a woman who makes female-centric music. Others simply shared their disagreement with how West assessed Swift's music in his YouTube video application, which was published on Monday.

"There's not much going on right now," West wrote on Monday on Channel X, referring to the popular shirt Swift wore in her music video for "22." "So excited for this new chapter!"

When the job posting was first announced, social media was abuzz with similar discussions and memes. Gannett garnered additional viral attention when they announced plans to hire a dedicated Beyoncé reporter, the details of which have not been disclosed.

In West's video application, which had garnered just over 9,000 views on YouTube as of Tuesday evening, he outlines 13 reasons why he should be hired. In addition to his love for Swift, with whom he once met and took a photo, he shares how his knowledge of her could be valuable.

West mentioned that he believes he can provide an unbiased perspective on Swift, listing some of her songs that he doesn't like. In an interview with Variety, he elaborated on this point. He likened his role to that of sports journalists who are fans of the teams they cover. He said that in Phoenix, where he previously worked, anchors and journalists would wear Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team gear and root for the team while covering it.

Despite sharing his qualifications and enthusiasm, some continued to express doubts about his hiring.

"This job was a trap: media don't respect this guy because he's a Stan, Swifties don't respect him because he's not the right Stan," wrote media commentator Max Tani on Channel X.

"The 'Taylor Swift reporter' role should've gone to someone in the music industry (with deep knowledge of Taylor Swift), not a massive Swiftie who now is a reporter," another person on Channel X wrote.

Some seemed to jest that disliking certain songs that West labeled as "least favorites" should be enough to disqualify him.

"'False god?! FIRE HIM," one person on Channel X wrote.

However, the most notable complaint appears to revolve around West's gender. Some argue that Swift's ability to convey the female experience requires a female reporter.

"One of the key elements of Taylor Swift's brand/persona is the fact that she can beautifully articulate the female experience in her lyrics... so who was the genius who thought to give this job to a man??? (especially a man who can't even correctly name her songs)," one person on Channel X wrote, referring to West mistakenly naming one of Swift's songs "Good to Have a Friend" instead of its correct title, "It's Nice to Have a Friend."

One person simply quoted Swift's lyrics from "The Man" to describe how they felt upon seeing West's hiring.

"I'm so sick of running as fast as I can/Wondering if I'd get there quicker if I was a man," they wrote.

Ben Goad, the news director at The Tennessean, expressed optimism about West and the upcoming coverage.

West "will be on video, on social media, engaging with Swifties, and will be out at tour stops, on red carpets, at CMA, anywhere people are enjoying or pondering who Taylor Swift is," he told Variety. "There's no shortage of stuff to write. You know, it's not unprecedented when someone (dedicated to covering) immerses themselves in this. It's like when LeBron James goes to Miami, and people are just covering him. So I think there's precedent for it. But I also think we're making a pretty bold move here, and I'm very optimistic about where this will end up."

When asked for comment, a representative from Gannett referred to Swift's lyrics from her hit song "Shake It Off."

"As for the online reaction: haters gonna hate... and the rest, you know," the representative said in an emailed statement.