Or perhaps something much easier: an article view without inline comments *at all*. You can kind of get that already by adding /rss to an article url; however, it doesn't work for long-form articles. Those only show the article summary, not the whole thing.
I still don't really understand the big deal though; I don't know anyone sensitive enough that they'd care (or consider it reflecting badly upon me) that the informative and interesting article I sent them had some random comments attached to it. Unless I was a participant in a flamewar in the attached comments, perhaps. :)
I mean, even mainstream news sites have comment threads inline these days, and those...wow...those can get nasty. But I simply don't read them unless I'm in the mood for abuse.