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As mentioned briefly in this comment, when working with a text field (the body) in my view, I'm getting the following error:
Notice: Undefined index: format in _text_sanitize() (line 319 of /public_html/modules/field/modules/text/text.module).
This also is most likely the reason that I'm seeing tags when viewing a textfield in my view. For example, instead of html formatted output, I'm seeing something like
<p>my text shows here, including the paragraph tags</p>