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

Morgan Wright: Pipeline Attack Shows Criminal Gangs Can ‘Bring a Nation to Its Knees’

Morgan Wright, chief security officer for the SentinelOne cybersecurity corporation and former senior adviser to the U.S. State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program, joined SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Wednesday’s edition of Breitbart News Daily to discuss the cyberattack that crippled the Colonial pipeline and caused fuel shortages across the eastern United States.

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China: ‘No Need to Panic’ About Population Collapse

Chinese state media on Tuesday labored to downplay the results of the seventh national census, which found birth rates plummeting to the lowest levels in half a century, putting the enormous Chinese population on course for a devastating demographic crisis.

Police attempt to stop journalists from recording footage outside the Shanghai Pudong New District People's Court, where Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan - who reported on Wuhan's Covid-19 outbreak and placed under detention since May - is set for trial in Shanghai on December 28, 2020. (Photo by Leo RAMIREZ …

W.H.O.-Commissioned Report Concludes Coronavirus Pandemic Was Preventable

An independent expert panel commissioned by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) issued a report on Wednesday that concluded the worldwide coronavirus pandemic could have been prevented with a swifter and more decisive response in early 2020. The report was only tepidly critical of the Chinese government or W.H.O. itself, arguing that “global political leadership was absent” from all quarters.

HONG KONG, CHINA - JANUARY 22: A patient is transferred by an ambulance to the Infectious Disease Centre of Princess Margaret Hospital on January 22, 2020 in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong reported its first two cases of Wuhan coronavirus infections as the number of those who have died from …

Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Files to Run Again

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, registered on Wednesday to run once again in the June 18 presidential election. Ahmadinejad’s last comeback attempt in 2017 was scuttled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but this time Khamenei appears content to let him run. The extremist hardliner’s candidacy is not welcome news for an unstable Middle East roiled by violence from Iran’s client insurgencies and terrorist proxies. 

Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses reporters at the Interior Ministry headquarters in the capital Tehran on May 12, 2021 after registering his candidacy to run again for the presidential elections scheduled for June. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP) (Photo by ATTA KENARE/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran: U.S. ‘Terrorist Regime’ Responsible for Afghanistan School Massacre

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated terrorist organization, issued a statement on Monday describing the bombing attack on a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of a “plot by Americans” to bring “terrorism, war, and insecurity to Afghanistan.”

Afghan men bury a victim of deadly bombings on Saturday near a school, at a cemetary west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, May 9, 2021. The Interior Ministry said Sunday the death toll in the horrific bombing at the entrance to a girls' school in the Afghan capital has soared to …

Teen Kills at Least Nine Eighth Graders in Russian School Shooting

At least nine fatalities were reported on Tuesday when a gunman attacked a school the southwestern Russian city of Kazan. According to regional governor Rustam Minnikhanov, seven of the dead were eighth-grade students at the school, while the killer is a 19-year-old “terrorist” who is now in custody.

People react at a makeshift memorial for victims of the shooting at School No. 175 in Kazan on May 11, 2021. - At least nine people, most of them children, were killed on May 11, 2021 when a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the central Russian …

China Blames ‘Abrupt’ U.S. Withdrawal for Violence in Afghanistan

The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Sunday blamed the United States for the surge of violence in Afghanistan, including Saturday’s bombing massacre at a girls’ school in Kabul, because the U.S. was supposedly irresponsible to withdraw its forces so “abruptly” from Afghanistan after twenty years of deployment.

In this photograph taken on August 28, 2017, a US Marine looks on as Afghan National Army soldiers raise the Afghan National flag on an armed vehicle during a training exercise to deal with IEDs (improvised explosive devices) at the Shorab Military Camp in Lashkar Gah in Helmand province. Marines …

China: American Panic over Out-of-Control Rocket Was ‘Fussiness’

Chinese state media on Sunday accused the United States of “fussiness,” “hypocrisy,” and “smears” because U.S. officials worried about the potential damage from the rocket China left tumbling out of control in Earth’s orbit last week.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March-5 rocket is seen at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province, Friday, July 17, 2020. China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday, July 23, 2020 in a bold attempt to join the …

China Pressures World to Isolate India During Coronavirus Crisis

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) — which viciously opposed travel bans during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when its actions ensured the Wuhan coronavirus would infect the rest of the world — on Thursday agitated for isolating its regional rival India from the rest of the world to contain its coronavirus outbreak.

HANGZHOU, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 04: Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. World leaders are gathering in Hangzhou for the 11th G20 Leaders Summit from September 4 to 5. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty …

China Says ‘People Needn’t Worry’ About Out-of-Control Rocket Falling to Earth

Chinese state media on Wednesday scrambled to reassure the rest of humanity there is no reason to fear the huge, out-of-control rocket the Chinese left tumbling around the Earth at 18,000 miles per hour last week, quoting “Chinese space analysts” who said the rocket will probably come down in the ocean, so it will likely not kill anyone or destroy anything.

A Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province on April 29, 2021. - China OUT (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Iraqi Health Minister Resigns After 130 Killed in Hospital Fire

Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi resigned Tuesday, saying he had a “moral obligation” to do so — and a need to preserve “my career path, my family, and professional history” — after a fire at the Ibn al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad on April 24 killed about 130 people.

Iraqis mourn relatives killed during a fire in a hospital in the capital, during a funeral procession in the holy shrine city of Najaf, on April 25, 2021. - The fire which erupted pre-dawn at the Ibn Al-Khatib Hospital in Baghdad, a medical facility reserved for the most severe COVID-19 …

Seychelles Sees Rise in Coronavirus Cases After Widespread Use of Chinese Vaccine

Seychelles, the East African archipelago currently recognized as “the most vaccinated nation on Earth” because such a high percentage of its tiny population has been inoculated against Chinese coronavirus, reimposed emergency restrictions on Tuesday because infections have become “critical” once again.

A medical personel unpacks the Chinese Covid-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm at the Seychelles Hospital in Victoria, on January 10, 2021. - More than 1.9 million people worldwide have now died from the virus, with new variants adding to soaring cases and prompting the re-introduction of restrictions on movement across …

India Seeks Coronavirus Advice from Dr. Fauci

India’s ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, held a virtual meeting on Tuesday with U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci to discuss India’s coronavirus crisis and the progress of its vaccination program.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, testifies during a Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Hearing on the federal government response to COVID-19 on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via …

Chinese Rocket to Make Uncontrolled Re-Entry, ‘Could Land on Inhabited Area’

China used an immense Long March-5B rocket last week to boost the living quarters module of its planned space station into orbit. The 21-ton body of the rocket is now whipping around the Earth in an uncontrolled orbit and could fall to Earth within the next few days, potentially raining debris on an inhabited area.

A Long March 5B rocket, carrying China's Tianhe space station core module, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in southern China's Hainan province on April 29, 2021. - China OUT (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Thousands Attend ‘No More Lockdown Rodeo Rally’ in Canada

An event in Alberta, Canada on Saturday and Sunday billed as the “No More Lockdowns Rodeo Rally” drew thousands of attendees – plus stern criticism from provincial officials, who declared the rodeo “a clear breach of current public health restrictions” and said participants “knowingly put their fellow Albertans at risk.”

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