Kill the messenger.
Apart from being 6 weeks behind The Register what have the BBC done to deserve another snippy article?
They certainly didn't "claim(ing) a scoop". I heard 'The BBC has learned' but no mention of a scoop.
Newsnight certainly didn't defend the police. Both guests in the studio attacked the police in this matter. In fact only the police officer put up any sort of defence of their behaviour.
What did we learn from Newsnight? Depends who you are. El Reg readers: probably not so much. Newsnight viewers: probably enough to have their opinion of the police taken down another notch.
What have we learned from El Reg? Well I've learned that tabloid tactics aren't just used by the print media.