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Stephen F. Hayes is a columnist for The Weekly Standard
The Weekly Standard
The Weekly Standard is an American neoconservative opinion magazine published 48 times per year. Its founding publisher, News Corporation, debuted the title September 18, 1995. Currently edited by founder William Kristol and Fred Barnes, the Standard has been described as a "redoubt of...

, a prominent American
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 conservative magazine. Hayes has been selected as the official biographer for Vice President Richard Cheney.

Before joining The Weekly Standard, Hayes was a senior writer for National Journal
National Journal
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s Hotline. He also served for six years as Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University
Georgetown University
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. His work has appeared in the New York Post
New York Post
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, Washington Times, Salon.com, National Review
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, and Reason
Reason (magazine)
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. He has been a commentator on CNN, The McLaughlin Group
The McLaughlin Group
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, Fox News Channel
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, and C-SPAN
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A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism is one of Columbia's graduate and professional schools. It offers three degree programs: Master of Science in journalism , Master of Arts in journalism and a Ph.D. in communications...

 and DePauw University
DePauw University
DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, USA, is a private, national liberal arts college with an enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. The school has a Methodist heritage and was originally known as Indiana Asbury University. DePauw is a member of both the Great Lakes Colleges Association...

, Hayes was born and raised in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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 in suburban Milwaukee County. He is a member of the Sigma Chi
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 fraternity. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two children.

Foreign policy writings

Hayes has "been a regular critic of the Bush administration" on issues such as overspending and North Korea
North Korea
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. He is well known for his writings postulating an operational relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the al-Qaeda
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 terrorist organization. He wrote, for example, "there can no longer be any serious argument about whether Saddam Hussein's Iraq worked with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to plot against Americans." Hayes authored a book on this subject entitled: The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein has Endangered America [ISBN 0-06-074673-4]. His major source was a leaked memo from Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith to the U.S. Congress on 27 October 2003.

In a June 2, 2004 interview with writer Kathryn Jean Lopez
Kathryn Jean Lopez
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, Hayes stated that his book's argument was backed up by a variety of public statements by people connected with the Defense Department, particularly by Democratic Party senior figures. He referenced Indiana Senator Evan Bayh
Evan Bayh
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's description of Iraq and al Qaeda as in a relationship of "mutual exploitation" and Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman
Joe Lieberman
Joseph Isadore "Joe" Lieberman is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut. A former member of the Democratic Party, he was the party's nominee for Vice President in the 2000 election. Currently an independent, he remains closely affiliated with the party.Born in Stamford, Connecticut,...

's comment that "There are extensive contacts between Saddam Hussein's government and al Qaeda." Hayes told Lopez, "Bin Laden has dissed Saddam several times. And I would certainly never argue that they were buddies. It was an on-again, off-again relationship
On-again, off-again relationship
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 based... on mutual exploitation and a common enemy." He said that he broadly accepted the Feith report, despite the inclusion of "old" and "raw" pieces of intelligence, because "most of the report tracks with what Tenet has said publicly" (the CIA director George Tenet
George Tenet
George John Tenet was the Director of Central Intelligence for the United States Central Intelligence Agency, and is Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University....


Critics of Hayes such as Salon.com have stated that the intelligence community consistently held that the relationship between Saddam and al-Qaeda was not operational, with Tenet telling 60 Minutes, "We could never verify that there was any Iraqi authority, direction and control, complicity with al-Qaeda for 9/11
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 or any operational act against America, period."

Bill Moyers dispute

In 2002, Hayes also gained some attention with a piece exposing former PBS host Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers
Bill Moyers is an American journalist and public commentator. He served as White House Press Secretary in the United States President Lyndon B. Johnson Administration from 1965 to 1967. He worked as a news commentator on television for ten years. Moyers has had an extensive involvement with public...

 as a journalist, activist and financier of left-leaning public affairs bias Hayes wrote, on his own shows, Moyers frequently draws on the "expertise" of the interest groups he funds through his foundation. Moyers summarized the piece famously as "replete with willful misrepresentation, deceitful juxtaposition, and outright error, with a little hypocrisy thrown in for flavor."

Stephen F. Hayes replied:
"When I interviewed him, Moyers didn't deny, as he does now, that I was able to substantiate my source's gibe. Instead, he sought to draw a distinction between what he says on the air and the politically partisan red meat he serves up on the lecture circuit. In fact, when I asked him about the LBJ speech, he said "That's fair game, you've got it on the record there." Then he compared himself to conservative eminence and longtime Firing Line host William F. Buckley. "Bill Buckley used to make speeches all the time to Republicans and conservative audiences, even while he was conducting the longest-running show in PBS history. But did you find those things he said in his speeches in his show? Not necessarily." So much for what I "didn't" and "couldn't" substantiate."

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