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 The Assassination of Barack Obama | News Syndicate 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

China Compares Hong Kong Protesters to January 6 Rioters

China’s state-run Global Times on Monday defended the prosecution of 47 pro-democracy activists and politicians in Hong Kong against a rising tide of global criticism, insisting the Hong Kong defendants are no different than the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, so China is equally justified in cracking down on them.

Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Lester Shum (centre L), Kwok Ka-ki (C-behind), Kalvin Ho (C front) and Sam Cheung (centre R) are escorted into a van as they leave the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre, the day after appearing at the West Kowloon Court on the charge of conspiracy to commit …

China Boasts It Is Getting Rich Selling Syringes to America

China’s state-run Global Times bragged Sunday that Chinese companies are making a fortune selling syringes and needles to the United States during the coronavirus pandemic, a tidal wave of imports that makes a mockery of “the U.S. government’s attempt to get rid of the Chinese supply chain.”

A nurse prepares to administer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at a drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination centre in Hyde on December 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. The coronavirus drive-through vaccine centre is believed to be the first in the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Report: China Using Coronavirus to ‘Control Journalists’

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC), a professional association for journalists from over 40 nations working in Beijing, released a report Monday that said the Chinese government is using the coronavirus pandemic as “yet another way to control journalists.”

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 …

Turkey Summons Iranian Ambassador over Criticism of Turkish Invasion of Iraq

Turkey summoned Iranian Ambassador Mohammed Farazmand in Ankara on Sunday to complain about Iran’s criticism of Turkish military operations in Iraq. The complaint concerned demands by another Iranian ambassador, Iraj Masjedi in Baghdad, for Turkey to suspend operations and remove all of its forces from Iraqi territory.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party's supporters in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Erdogan laid into the United States, accusing it of supporting Kurdish militants on Monday, days after Turkish troops found the bodies of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians …

China Jailed Woman for Six Months for Honoring Coronavirus Dead on Social Media

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) cited Chinese court documents on Thursday to tell the story of Zhang Wenfang, a resident of Hubei province thrown in prison for six months last April because she wrote social media posts that included coronavirus information the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wished to suppress.

A women wears a mask while uses iPhone pass the crossroads on May 11, 2020 in Wuhan, China. (Getty Images)

Amnesty International Admits to ‘Undermining’ Alexei Navalny in Prank Zoom Call

A pair of pro-Kremlin humorists who call themselves “Vovan and Lexus” on Thursday tricked top Amnesty International (AI) managers into admitting they “undermined” captive Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, and seriously damaged their own credibility, by stripping Navalny of his “prisoner of conscience” status this week after an intense pressure campaign orchestrated by Russian media operatives.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks on ahead of a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on November 15, 2018. - ?Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny heads on November 15 to the European Court of Human Rights which will rule on whether his repeated arrests …

China: Our Concentration Camps Are Just Like U.S. ‘Community Correction Centers’

Chinese state media continued its efforts to deflect criticism of human rights abuses against the Uyghur Muslims of Xinjiang province on Wednesday, as the state-run Xinhua news service wrote a furious editorial denouncing all accounts of oppression against the Uyghurs as a “string of lies” fabricated by “anti-China forces in the West.”

This photo taken on June 2, 2019 shows buildings at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center, believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, north of Kashgar in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. - As many as one million ethnic Uighurs and other …

Muslims in Eastern Hainan, China, Report Growing Persecution

Voice of America News (VOA) reported on Wednesday the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is targeting a new Muslim community for persecution, much like the Uyghurs of Xinjiang province: a much smaller group called the Utsuls who live primarily on the tropical resort island of Hainan.

In this September 2016 file photo, Uyghur men leave after eating a holiday meal during the Corban Festival on September 13, 2016 in Turpan County, in the far western Xinjiang province, China. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Report: China Subjected U.S. Diplomats to Anal Coronavirus Tests

An unnamed U.S. State Department official said Wednesday that Chinese officials required an unspecified number of American diplomatic personnel to submit to anal testing for Chinese coronavirus. The Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday denied any such testing had occurred.

This photo taken on February 24, 2020 shows a doctor looking at a patient infected by the COVID-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province. - The new coronavirus has peaked in China but could still grow into a pandemic, the World Health Organization warned, as …

Twitter Bans Hundreds of Accounts for ‘Undermining NATO’

Social media platform Twitter announced on Tuesday it has banned 373 accounts linked to the governments of Russia, Iran, and Armenia for violating various policies and “undermining faith in the NATO alliance and its stability.”

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 2018. (Uri Kadobnov/AFP via Getty Images)

Report: W.H.O. Admits China Did ‘Little’ to Investigate Origins of the Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) concluded Chinese officials did “little” to investigate the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus and were uncooperative with international investigators during the first eight months of the pandemic, according to an internal document written in August which the UK Guardian made public on Tuesday.

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 …