John Hayward

National Security Deputy Editor

John Hayward

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I'm a conservative because there is so much about the American tradition that is worth conserving. I worry that people aren't as frightened of authoritarians and totalitarians as they should be. Freedom and capitalism are inseparable, because without capitalism, freedom just means shouting your opinion and hoping somebody important is listening.

National security, technology, global political and economic strategy

Associate in Arts, Edison Community College, 1986

Hayward has been a writer for Breitbart News Network since 2013. Prior to that, he worked for two decades in computers and business consulting before becoming an amateur blogger under the pseudonym "Doctor Zero" for Hot Air. As he developed a large following, he also received criticism for being an anonymous voice, so he decided to reveal his full name and go public. Shortly thereafter, he began doing radio interviews across the country for his writing and was contacted by Human Events in Washington, D.C. to become a full-time professional columnist.

Management at Breitbart News noticed his work and invited him to join Hayward jumped at the opportunity to "join a platform with so much reach, to be a part of something so huge."

Hayward's work has been cited by radio and television outlets from Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin to Fox News. His essays have been incorporated into several high school and college textbooks, and he gives occasional lectures on media analysis and writing online. He frequently guest-hosts Breitbart News Tonight on SiriusXM channel 125, the Patriot Channel.

Articles by John Hayward

China Promotes Third Shot of Sinovac Coronavirus Vaccine Product

China’s state-run Global Times on Tuesday quoted a “new study,” which has not yet been peer-reviewed, that suggested a third does of China’s ineffective Sinovac vaccine could produce a “remarkable increase in antibody levels” and a ‘strong boost in immune response,” bringing Sinovac closer to the quality of competing products such as AstraZeneca’s vaccine.

A medical worker prepares to administer a does of Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a community health center in Nantong, in eastern China's Jiangsu province on March 2, 2021. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China Accuses U.S. of Creating ‘Imaginary Enemy’ During Wendy Sherman Visit

The Chinese government’s perspective on this week’s diplomatic visit by Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Wendy Sherman than the upbeat assessment of the State Department. Even as the Biden administration claimed Sherman had “frank and open” talks with her opposite number, State Councilor Wang Yi, Chinese media and officials derided her visit as pointless and futile.

In this photo provided by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, left, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sit together in Tianjin, China, Monday, July 26, 2021. China came out swinging at high-level face-to-face talks with the United States on Monday, blaming the U.S. …

China Sanctions U.S. Officials Before Wendy Sherman Visit

Even as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman was heading to China on a diplomatic mission, the Chinese imposed retaliatory sanctions against several American people and entities, including former U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

This picture taken on November 6, 2018 shows a Chinese and US flag at a booth during the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. - There is a notable absentee among the dozens of national pavilions at a massive Chinese import fair -- the United States -- a …

China Claims U.S. Launched Cyberattack on Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Petition

Chinese state media on Sunday claimed a cyberattack from the United States targeted an online petition calling for a full international investigation of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that the Wuhan coronavirus is a bioweapon created in a U.S. Army laboratory and spread by e-cigarettes.

This photo taken on February 20, 2020 shows doctors looking at a lung CT image at a hospital in Yunmeng county, Xiaogan city, in China's central Hubei province. - China on February 21 touted a big drop in new cases of the coronavirus as a sign it has contained the …

New Zealand Repatriates Islamic State Mother and Two Children

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that her government will take custody of a 26-year-old woman with two children who joined the Islamic State in Syria in 2014 and was detained in 2021 when attempting to enter Turkey.

The Associated Press

China Celebrates ‘Civilian Heroes’ as Government Fails on Disastrous Floods

Chinese state media on Thursday celebrated the “civilian heroes” who rescued each other during the devastating Henan Province floods, ignoring complaints about the confused and inadequate response of Chinese officials and the disastrous planning decisions that made crowded Henan so vulnerable to flooding.

The Associated Press

‘Symbolic but Meaningless’: Biden Sanctions One Person over Cuba Protest Crackdown

The Biden administration on Thursday announced sanctions against Cuban security minister Gen. Alvaro Lopez Miera and a security unit of the Cuban Interior Ministry for their role in cracking down on protesters. The sanctions were denounced as “unfounded and slanderous” by the Cuban regime, and as “symbolic but meaningless” by critics such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who noted Miera is already under sanctions.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about voting rights at the National Constitution Center on July 13, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Biden and Congressional Democrats are set to make another push for sweeping voting rights legislation as Republican state legislatures across the country continue to pass controversial voting access laws. (Photo …

Cubans Debut Clandestine App to Organize Protests

Cuban human rights activists Andres Portillo and Denis Molina, creators of the website for reporting oppressive actions by the Cuban government, on Thursday debuted a new Droid smartphone app called Estoypuesto (“I’m on!”) to help organize protests against the dictatorship.

Women use their phones in a street of Havana, on July 14, 2021. - Cuban authorities restored internet access on Wednesday following three days of interruptions after unprecedented protests erupted over the weekend, AFP journalists said. Access to social media and messaging apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter remained …

China: ‘The People’ Demand Treating U.S. as Coronavirus Origin

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday insisted China’s conspiracy theory that the Wuhan coronavirus was created in a U.S. Army bioweapons lab in Ft. Detrick, Maryland, must be investigated before any further examination of the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 14: Spc. Katherine Deskins (L) of the Nevada Army National Guard administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to Clark County Fire Department Capt. Jasmine Ghazinour on the first day of Clark County's pilot vaccination program at Cashman Center on January 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. …

Chinese Media Admit Government Failed on Infrastructure amid Deadly Floods

Just a few weeks after they scrambled to score cheap political points against American disaster response from the condo collapse in Miami, Chinese state media organs are grudgingly admitting the deadly floods in Henan province show their government did a poor job of infrastructure planning and construction.

A woman carries a bag on a muddy street after severe flooding and landslide in recent days have hit the county-level Gongyi city, near Zhengzhou, in central Chinas Henan province on July 22, 2021. (Photo by JADE GAO / AFP) (Photo by JADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images)

Taliban Threat Prompts Largest-Ever Military Exercises in Tajikistan

Tajikistan held the largest military exercise in its history on Thursday, drilling its entire 100,000-strong army plus 130,000 reservists as instability grows in its southern neighbor Afghanistan. 20,000 of those reserves have been deployed to reinforce the Afghan border.


Cuban Dissident Leaders Urge U.S. to Treat Communism Like Apartheid

Cuban dissident leader and human rights activist Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on Tuesday that the free world should treat Cuban Communism as an unacceptable moral horror, the same way South African apartheid was defeated with intense international pressure in the 1980s.

A woman holds a portrait of Cuban late leader Fidel Castro during an act of revolutionary reaffirmation in Havana, on July 17, 2021. - Former Cuban President Raul Castro and his successor, Miguel Diaz-Canel, led an "act of revolutionary reaffirmation" in front of thousands of supporters in Havana on July …

Erdogan Wants U.S. to Pay for Turkish Troops in Afghanistan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded funding from the United States for a force of Turkish troops that could prospectively guard the airport in Kabul after U.S. forces complete their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of Bismil Agricultural Irrigation Facilities in Diyarbakir, on July 9, 2021. (Photo by Ilyas AKENGIN / AFP) (Photo by ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP via Getty Images)

China Using ‘Netizen’ Petition to Pressure W.H.O. into Blaming U.S. for Coronavirus

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday reported that over half a million “Chinese netizens” have signed a petition calling on the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) to investigate the U.S. Army Medical Research institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) at Ft. Detrick as a potential origin location of the Chinese coronavirus.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JULY 24: A elderly man is carried on a stretcher by paramedics on to a minibus as residents are evacuated from a nursing home to a quarantine center after multiple infections of the Covid-19 on July 24, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong reported another …

China Trolls Trump with Invite to Heavily-Censored Weibo

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday relayed a mocking “warm welcome” from Chinese social media users to former U.S. President Donald Trump, inviting him to join China’s heavily-censored Weibo microblogging platform now that he has filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Twitter.

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump looks on before delivering a speech during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting on January 26, 2018 in Davos, eastern Switzerland. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP) (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)