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 Breitbart.com. 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

Hezbollah Terrorists Defy U.S. and Deliver Iranian Fuel to Cheers in Lebanon

Iran-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, which is also the most powerful political party in Lebanon, brought its first promised shipment of Iranian fuel into Lebanon on Thursday, transporting it by truck from a port in Syria. The move was applauded by Hezbollah supporters but could trigger U.S. sanctions against the already fragile Lebanese economy.

A woman tosses rose petals as people gather to welcome tankers carrying Iranian fuel, upon their arrival from Syria in the city of Baalbeck, in Lebanon's Bekaa valley, on September 16, 2021. - Dozens of tankers carrying Iranian fuel and transported by the Shiite Hezbollah movement arrived from Syria in …

Australian University Demands Retraction of Study That Helped China Spy on Uyghurs

Australia’s Curtin University on Wednesday requested the retraction of a 2018 research study, partly funded by the Chinese government and conducted by a former Curtin faculty member, that helped the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) refine the facial-recognition software it employs to keep the oppressed Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province under surveillance.

Two ethnic Uighur women pass Chinese paramilitary policemen standing guard outside the Grand Bazaar in the Uighur district of the city of Urumqi in China's Xinjiang region on July 14, 2009. A mosque was closed and many businesses were shuttered a day after police shot dead two Muslim Uighurs, as …

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missiles at Japan

North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, violating U.N. Security Council resolutions and drawing a sharp condemnation from the Japanese government. The provocative launch suggested tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula again after a relatively peaceful interlude during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

Japan Defense Paper This Aug. 24, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, shows the test firing of an unspecified missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea. Japan has raised its caution level of Pyongyang’s missile capability in a defense paper, saying North Korea has miniaturized nuclear …

Taliban Executes British-Trained Afghan Sniper in Front of His Family

Former British army Col. Ash Alexander-Cooper, who served as an adviser to the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs, reported on Tuesday that an Afghan sniper who worked with British special forces was hunted down by the Taliban and brutally executed in front of his family in Kabul.

Members of the Taliban Badri 313 military unit arrive at the Kabul airport in Kabul on August 31, 2021, after the US has pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war -- one that started and ended with the hardline Islamist in power. (Photo …

Report: Iranian Guards Sexually Harassed Female Nuclear Inspectors

After months of stonewalling and intransigence, Iran evaded censure by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Sunday by making the minimal concession of allowing IAEA inspectors to access surveillance cameras at Iranian nuclear sites.

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2010 file photo, an Iranian security officer directs media at the Bushehr nuclear power plant, with the reactor building seen in the background, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. State TV says the Guardian Council, Iran's constitutional watchdog, ratified a bill Wednesday, …

U.S. Coalition Forces in Iraq Targeted by Bomb-Laden Drones

Troops from the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq stationed at the airport in Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), were attacked on Saturday by drones packed with explosives. One of the drones was able to penetrate the airport’s security perimeter before exploding, but no significant damage or casualties were reported.

TOPSHOT - A picture taken on March 14, 2017 in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul shows a drone carrying two grenades flying in a test flight by Iraqi forces which aim to use it against Islamic State (IS) group fighters. IS have used small drones to drop explosives on …

Iran Attacks Kurdish Militants in Iraq

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the theocracy-controlled wing of the Iranian military and a designated terrorist organization, launched rocket and drone attacks across the border into Iraq on Thursday, targeting Kurdish militant groups Iran claims are a threat to its security.

Members of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga stand holding flags of Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region a training session by German military officers during the German Defence Minister's visit at a facility on the outskirts of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous region, on August 21, 2019. (Photo by SAFIN HAMED / …

Libyan Warlord Haftar Hires Former Clinton Aide as Lobbyist

Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar, who laid siege to the capital city of Tripoli for 14 months until Turkish military intervention pushed his forces back in June 2020, has hired former Bill Clinton senior aide Lanny Davis and former Republican congressman Bob Livingston of Louisiana as lobbyists. Haftar is apparently trying to exert some influence over the next Libyan election, or possibly run for the presidency himself.

Self-proclaimed Libyan National Army Chief of Staff Khalifa Haftar arrives for a conference on Libya on November 12, 2018, at Villa Igiea in Palermo. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images) Insert:Lanny Davis, former special counsel to Bill Clinton, arrives for a debate with Steve Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist to …

China Denies Approval for New Online Games, Rocking Global Industry

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on Thursday that Chinese regulators will not approve any new online games for at least a month, following a month in which approval has been granted very slowly. The news caused gaming industry stocks to slide in markets around the world, as investors feared losing access to the immense Chinese market.

This photo taken on January 29, 2018 shows students practicing computer games in an eSports class at the Lanxiang technical school in Jinan, in China's eastern Shandong province. - Most teachers would not be impressed to discover a student playing video games in their class. But at a school in …

China Denies ‘Fan Culture’ Crackdown, Targets South Korean Entertainers

The Chinese embassy in South Korea insisted on Wednesday that Beijing’s crackdown on “fan culture” does not target any particular foreign country. South Korean media organizations have suggested the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched the crackdown because it was worried about the cultural influence of popular “K-pop” entertainers.

Fans wait for K-Pop group BTS to take the stage in Central Park, May 15, 2019 in New York City. Fans waited in line for days to see the group perform as part of ABC's 'Good Morning America' summer concert series. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Iran Warns U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Not to Take ‘Counterproductive Approach’

Defiant Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday warned the U.S. and Europe not to take a “counterproductive approach” at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), or Iran will halt even the tiny amount of grudging cooperation it has been providing to nuclear weapons monitors.

Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi looks on during a campaign rally in the capital Tehran on April 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ethiopian Officials Accuse Tigray Rebels of Civilian Massacre

Ethiopian government officials on Wednesday accused the rebellious Tigray minority of murdering 120 civilians at a village in the neighboring Amhara region, the first report of a large-scale atrocity since the Tigrayans invaded Amhara. Meanwhile, Sudan summoned its Ethiopian ambassador to complain about the large number of Tigrayan corpses floating across the border on the Setit River.

A woman holds up a placard in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on September 6, 2021, during a ceremony held to support the Ethiopian military that is battling against the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) in the Amhara and Afar regions. (Photo by Amanuel Sileshi / AFP) (Photo by AMANUEL SILESHI/AFP via …

U.S., European Leaders Fail to Rule Out Recognizing Terrorist Taliban Government

The Biden administration and European leaders reacted with “concern” to Tuesday’s announcement of a Taliban government filled with mullahs and terrorists, but none of them seemed to rule out working with – or perhaps even formally recognizing – a regime whose interior minister is wanted by the FBI.

TOPSHOT - Afghan Taliban militants and villagers attend a gathering as they celebrate the peace deal and their victory in the Afghan conflict on US in Afghanistan, in Alingar district of Laghman Province on March 2, 2020. - The Taliban said on March 2 they were resuming offensive operations against …