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

Chinese State Media: ‘Defiant’ TikTok Refuses to Sell Operations

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday praised “defiant” ByteDance, parent company of the video microblogging platform TikTok, for refusing to sell full control of the platform to an American company to avoid getting banned by the Trump administration.

'LOL!': China's informal, confrontational Twitter diplomacy

Report: Iran Forms Paramilitary ‘Strike Teams’ to Suppress Protests

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the designated terrorist force controlled by the theocratic side of the Iranian regime, reportedly announced this week that it has formed paramilitary “strike teams” to suppress protests in the national capital of Tehran and the oil-rich province of Khuzestan.

Supporters of the Basij, a militia loyal to the Islamic republic's establishment, chant anti-US slogans during a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine plane crash in University of Tehran on January 14, 2020. - Iran announced its first arrests over the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week, …

Netflix Signs Deal with Saudi Arabian Animation Studio

Streaming giant Netflix announced on Wednesday that it has signed a five-year partnership deal with Saudi Arabian animation studio Myrkott, which produces a cartoon series called Masameer that is popular with Middle Eastern audiences.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23, 2018. - Saudi Arabia is hosting the key investment summit overshadowed by the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi that has prompted a wave of policymakers and corporate giants to …

Two Iranian Nationals Charged in Global Cyber-Theft Campaign

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that charges have been filed against Hooman Heidarian and Mehdi Farhadi, two Iranian nationals in their 30s who allegedly carried out cyberattacks against private and public systems in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East — “sometimes at the behest of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Participant hold their laptops in front of an illuminated wall at the annual Chaos Computer Club (CCC) computer hackers' congress, called 29C3, on December 28, 2012 in Hamburg, Germany. The 29th Chaos Communication Congress (29C3) attracts hundreds of participants worldwide annually to engage in workshops and lectures discussing the role …

U.S. State Department Sends Senior Economic Envoy to Taiwan

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Keith Krach announced on Tuesday that he will visit Taiwan to attend a September 19 memorial service for former President Lee Teng-hui.

Keith Krach, US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, alights from an aircraft after landing at the Sungshan airport in Taipei on September 17, 2020. - A top US diplomat landed in Taiwan on September 17, the highest-ranking State Department official to visit in 40 years, …

Iran-Backed Islamists Call for Jihad Against Middle East Peace Deals

Murderous Islamist extremists were not enthusiastic about the Abraham Accords peace deal between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain. The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran, issued an implicitly violent rejection of the accord, while Iran-backed terrorist organizations were even less subtle.

A Palestinian woman raises a rifle as others chant slogans during a demonstartion in the Rashidiyah camp near Lebanon's southern port city of Tyre, to protest against a US brokered Middle East peace plan, On January 29, 2020. - US President Donald Trump unveiled his controversial Israeli-Palestinian peace deal that …

Chinese State Media Hail TikTok-Oracle Partnership Proposal

Chinese state media praised the proposed deal between TikTok creators ByteDance and Oracle Corporation on Tuesday, with the Communist Party’s Global Times saluting it as recognition for “the hard-won efforts of the Chinese company amid a lack of trust between the world’s two largest economies.”

President Donald Trump gave TikTok six weeks to sell its US operations

Chief of Russian Space Agency Claims Venus as ‘Russian Planet’

Dmitry Rogozin, head of Russia’s Roscosmos space agency, claimed on Tuesday that Venus is a “Russian planet” because “our country was the first and only one to successfully land” there. Venus suddenly became a more desirable tourist destination this week with the announcement that possible signs of microbial life have been detected in the atmosphere.

This May 2016 photo provided by researcher Jane Greaves shows the planet Venus, seen from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Akatsuki probe. A report released on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 says astronomers have found a potential signal of life high in the atmosphere of our nearest neighboring planet. (J. Greaves/Cardiff …

Report: Taiwan to Buy a Least Seven Major U.S. Weapons Systems

Sources “familiar with the discussions” told Reuters on Wednesday that Taiwan will purchase up to seven major weapon systems from the United States, a “Fortress Taiwan” strategy (as the Pentagon calls it) guaranteed to enrage Communist China.

The potential US military sale would upgrade Taiwan's Patriot missile capability

Navalny Posts Photo from Hospital, Vows to Return to Russia

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a photo of himself from his hospital room in Germany and said he was able to breathe for an entire day without the aid of a ventilator. Navalny reportedly told German officials he plans to return to Russia as soon as he has recovered from what several international diagnostic teams have now confirmed as Novichok poisoning.

Navalny appears in the hospital photo with his wife Yulia and two children.

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad to Step Down

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad will step down from his position after three years — The embassy said Branstad will “retire from his position as U.S. envoy and depart Beijing in early October.”

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 30: U.S. Ambassador Terry Edward Branstad (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) at the Great Hall of the People on September 30, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Chinese Tycoon Faces 5-10 Years in Prison for Insulting Xi Jinping

Chinese property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang reportedly pleaded not guilty at his trial for bribery and abuse of power on Friday — If convicted on all charges, he would most likely face 5-10 years in prison, although he could receive a death sentence.

A police officer gestures before an escorted police van carrying Chinese property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang arrives at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on September 11, 2020, ahead of Ren's case hearing. - Ren was detained after penning an essay fiercely critical of President Xi Jinping's response to the …

Book Claims North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Told Trump About Beheading Uncle

Author Bob Woodward’s new book Rage, an examination of President Donald Trump’s first term due to be released on September 15, reportedly includes excerpts from the letters Trump exchanged with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. One of the letters from Kim is said to include an explicit account of the execution of his uncle Jang Song-thaek in 2013.

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018. - Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have become on June …

Reports: Bahrain to Normalize Relations with Israel

Israeli media reported on Friday that the Kingdom of Bahrain will normalize relations with Israel, following the same path as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which announced a peace deal with Israel on August 13.

Skyline of Manama dominated by the World trade Center building during night, Bahrain.

Chinese Angered by Awards Snub of Fallen Coronavirus Doctor Li Wenliang

Chinese dictator Xi Jinping staged a splashy awards ceremony in Beijing on Wednesday, attended by hundreds of high Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, in which he bestowed medals upon citizens who helped face the “extraordinary and historic test” of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

TOPSHOT - A memorial for Dr Li Wenliang, who was the whistleblower of the Coronavirus, Covid-19, that originated in Wuhan, China and caused the doctors death in that city, is pictured outside the UCLA campus in Westwood, California, on February 15, 2020. - The death toll from the new coronavirus …

Russia Claims Germany ‘Stonewalling’ on Dissident Alexei Navalny’s Health

The Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday that accused the German government of “stonewalling” on the health of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader poisoned with Novichok nerve agent according to German doctors – a chemical weapon Russia has employed in previous assassination attempts.

A still image taken from an AFPTV footage shows opposition leader Alexei Navalny attending a rally calling for a boycott of March 18 presidential elections, Moscow, January 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Alexandra Dalsbaek (Photo credit should read ALEXANDRA DALSBAEK/AFP/Getty Images)

China Launches Data Security Initiative to Rival U.S. ‘Clean Network’

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced the launch of a “global data security initiative” on Tuesday The plan mimics the U.S. “Clean Network” initiative in theory, but in practice is meant to intimidate other countries out of following America’s advice to blacklist Chinese companies from participating in their 5G wireless networks and other electronic infrastructure.

In this Aug. 30, 2020 file photo, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi delivers a speech during a press conference at the Institute for International Relations in Paris. China on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 unveiled its own initiative to address global data security issues, a countermove that comes a month after …